Sir Roger George Moore KBE (/mɔːr/; 14 October 1927 – 23 May 2017)
was an English actor. He is best known for having played Ian Fleming's
British secret agent
James Bond in seven feature films from 1973 to
1985. He also played
Simon Templar in the television series The Saint
from 1962 to 1969 and Lord Brett Sinclair in
The Persuaders! from 1971
to 1972 with Tony Curtis.
Moore took over the role of Bond from
Sean Connery in 1972, made his
first appearance as 007 in Live and Let Die (1973), and went on to
portray the spy in six more films until his retirement from the role
in 1985. Appointed a
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991, Moore
was knighted by Queen
Elizabeth II in 2003 for "services to charity".
In 2007, he received a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work
in television and in film. In 2008, the French government appointed
Moore a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
1 Early life
2.1 Early work (1945–1951)
2.2 Early work in the United States (1952–1953)
2.4 Freelancing and
2.5 Warner Bros
The Alaskans (1959–1960)
2.5.2 Maverick (1960–1961)
2.6 The Saint (1962–1969)
2.7 Post-Saint films (1969–1971)
The Persuaders! (1971–1972)
James Bond era (1973–1985)
2.9.1 Live and Let Die (1973)
2.9.2 The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
2.9.3 The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
2.9.4 Moonraker (1979)
2.9.5 For Your Eyes Only (1981) and
A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill (1985)
James Bond career (1986–2017)
3 Humanitarian work
4 Personal life
4.1 Doorn Van Steyn
4.2 Dorothy Squires
4.3 Luisa Mattioli
4.4 Kristina "Kiki" Tholstrup
5 Political alignment
6 Tax exile
9 Royal circles
10 Honours and awards
15 External links
Roger Moore was born on 14 October 1927 in Stockwell, London. He
was the only child of George Alfred Moore, a policeman (PC168E based
in Bow Street, London), and Lillian "Lily" (Pope). His mother
was born in Calcutta, India, to an English family. He attended
Battersea Grammar School, but was evacuated to Holsworthy, Devon,
during World War II, and attended Launceston College in Cornwall. He
was further educated at
Dr Challoner's Grammar School
Dr Challoner's Grammar School in Amersham,
Moore apprenticed at an animation studio, but was fired after he made
a mistake with some animation cells. When his father investigated a
robbery at the home of film director Brian Desmond Hurst, Moore was
introduced to the director and hired as an extra for the 1945 film
Caesar and Cleopatra. While there, Moore attracted an off-camera
female fan following, and Hurst decided to pay Moore's fees at the
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Moore spent three terms at RADA, where
he was a classmate of his future Bond co-star Lois Maxwell, the
original Miss Moneypenny. During this time there, he developed the
Mid-Atlantic accent and relaxed demeanour that would become his screen
At 18, shortly after the end of World War II, Moore was conscripted
for national service. On 21 September 1946, he was commissioned into
Royal Army Service Corps
Royal Army Service Corps as a second lieutenant. He was given the
service number 372394. He was an officer in the Combined Services
Entertainment section and eventually became a captain, commanding
a small depot in West Germany. He later looked after entertainers for
the armed forces passing through Hamburg.
Early work (1945–1951)
Moore had some early uncredited appearances in Perfect Strangers
(1945), Caesar and Cleopatra (1945),
Gaiety George (1946) Piccadilly
Incident (1946) and
Trottie True (1949) appearing alongside an
Christopher Lee (both actors cast by
Brian Desmond Hurst
Brian Desmond Hurst as
In the early 1950s, Moore worked as a model, appearing in print
advertisements for knitwear (earning him the nickname "The Big
Knit"), and a wide range of other products such as toothpaste, an
element that many critics have used as typifying his lightweight
credentials as an actor.
In his book Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown, Moore states
that his first television appearance was on 27 March 1949 in The
Governess by Patrick Hamilton, a live broadcast (as usual in that
era), and he played the minor part of Bob Drew. Other actors in
the show included
Clive Morton and Betty Ann Davies.
He had a small role in TV in A House in the Square (1949) then had
uncredited parts in films including
Paper Orchid (1949), Trottie True
The Interrupted Journey
The Interrupted Journey (1949). He was in Drawing-Room
Detective on TV and appeared in the films
One Wild Oat
One Wild Oat (1951) and
Honeymoon Deferred (1951).
Early work in the United States (1952–1953)
Moore travelled to the United States and began to work in television.
He was in adaptations of Julius Caesar (1953) and Black Chiffon (1953)
and in two episodes of
Robert Montgomery Presents
Robert Montgomery Presents (1953). He also
appeared in the TV movie The Clay of Kings (1953). Then in March 1954
MGM signed him to a long term contract.
Moore started his
MGM contract with a small role in The Last Time I
Saw Paris (1954), flirting with Elizabeth Taylor.
He appeared in Interrupted Melody, a biographical movie about opera
singer Marjorie Lawrence's recovery from polio, in which he was billed
Glenn Ford and
Eleanor Parker as Lawrence's brother
Cyril. That same year, he played a supporting role in the
The King's Thief starring Ann Blyth, Edmund Purdom, David
Niven and George Sanders.
In the 1956 film Diane, Moore was billed third again, this time under
Lana Turner and Pedro Armendariz, in a 16th-century period piece set
in France with Moore playing Prince Henri, the future king. Moore was
released from his
MGM contract after two years following the film's
critical and commercial failure. In his own words, "At MGM, RGM [Roger
George Moore] was NBG [no bloody good]."
Moore freelanced for a time, appearing in episodes of Ford Star
Lux Video Theatre
Lux Video Theatre (1957) and Matinee Theatre' (1957).
Moore's first success was playing the eponymous hero,
Sir Wilfred of
Ivanhoe, in the 1958–59 series Ivanhoe, a loose adaptation of the
1819 romantic novel by
Sir Walter Scott set in the 12th century during
the era of Richard the Lionheart, delving into Ivanhoe's conflict with
Prince John. Shot mainly in England at
Elstree Studios and
Buckinghamshire, some of the show was also filmed in California due to
a partnership with Columbia Studios' Screen Gems. Aimed at younger
audiences, the pilot was filmed in colour, a reflection of its
comparatively high budget for a British children's adventure series of
the period, but subsequent episodes were shot in black and white.
Christopher Lee and
John Schlesinger were among the show's guest
stars, and series regulars included Robert Brown (who in the 1980s
would play M in several
James Bond films) as the squire Gurth, Peter
Gilmore as Waldo Ivanhoe,
Andrew Keir as villainous Prince John, and
Bruce Seton as noble King Richard. Moore suffered broken ribs and a
battle-axe blow to his helmet while performing some of his own stunts
filming a season of 39 half-hour episodes, and later reminisced, "I
felt a complete Charlie riding around in all that armour and damned
stupid plumed helmet. I felt like a medieval fireman."
Moore in 1971
After that, he spent a few years mainly doing one-shot parts in
television series, including an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
in 1959 titled "The Avon Emeralds". He signed another long-term
contract to a studio, this time to Warner Bros.
In 1959, he took the lead role in The Miracle, a version of the
play Das Mirakel for Warner Bros. showcasing
Carroll Baker as a nun.
The part had been turned down by Dirk Bogarde. That same year, Moore
was directed by
Arthur Hiller in "The Angry Young Man", an episode of
the television series
The Third Man
The Third Man starring
Michael Rennie as
criminal mastermind Harry Lime, the role portrayed by
Orson Welles in
the film version.
The Alaskans (1959–1960)
Moore's next television series involved playing the lead as "Silky"
Harris for the ABC/Warner Bros. 1959–60 Western The Alaskans, with
Dorothy Provine as Rocky,
Jeff York as Reno, and Ray Danton
as Nifty. The show ran for a single season of 37 hour-long episodes on
Sunday nights. Though set in Skagway, Alaska, with a focus on the
Klondike Gold Rush
Klondike Gold Rush around 1896, the series was filmed in the hot
studio lot at Warner Bros. in Hollywood with the cast costumed in fur
coats and hats. Moore found the work highly taxing and his off-camera
affair with Provine complicated matters even more.
He subsequently appeared as the questionable character "14 Karat John"
in the two-part episode "Right Off the Boat" of the ABC/WB crime drama
The Roaring 20s, with Rex Reason, John Dehner, Gary Vinson, and
Dorothy Provine, appearing in a similar role, but with a different
Moore as Beau Maverick, 1960
In the wake of The Alaskans, Moore was cast as Beau Maverick, an
English-accented cousin of frontier gamblers Bret Maverick (James
Garner), Bart Maverick (Jack Kelly), and Brent Maverick (Robert
Colbert) in the much more successful ABC/WB Western series Maverick.
Sean Connery was flown over from Britain to test for the part, but
turned it down.
Moore appeared as the character in 14 episodes after Garner had left
the series at the end of the previous season, wearing some of Garner's
costumes; while filming The Alaskans, he had already recited much of
Garner's dialogue since the Klondike series frequently recycled
Maverick scripts, changing only the names and locales. He had also
filmed a Maverick episode with Garner two seasons earlier in which
Moore played a different character in a retooling of Richard Brinsley
Sheridan's 1775 comedy of manners play entitled "The Rivals". In
the course of the story, Moore and Garner's characters switched names
on a bet, with Moore consequently identifying himself as "Bret
Maverick" through most of the episode.
Moore's debut as Beau Maverick occurred in the first episode of the
1960–61 fourth season, "The Bundle From Britain", one of four
episodes in which he shared screen time with cousin Bart (Jack Kelly).
Robert Altman wrote and directed "Bolt from the Blue", an episode
Will Hutchins as a frontier lawyer similar to his character
in the series Sugarfoot, and "Red Dog" found Beau mixed up with
vicious bank robbers
Lee Van Cleef
Lee Van Cleef and John Carradine. Kathleen
Crowley was Moore's leading lady in two episodes ("Bullet For the
Teacher" and "Kiz"), and others included Mala Powers, Roxane Berard,
Fay Spain, Merry Anders, Andra Martin, and Jeanne Cooper. Upon leaving
the series, Moore cited a decline in script quality since the Garner
era as the key factor in his decision to depart, ratings for the show
were also down.
Moore was still under contract with Warners who put him in The Sins of
Rachel Cade (1961), making love to a nun played by Angie Dickinson,
Gold of the Seven Saints
Gold of the Seven Saints (1961), supporting Clint Walker. He went
to Italy to make
Romulus and the Sabines
Romulus and the Sabines (1961).
The Saint (1962–1969)
Roger Moore (left) with Earl Green in The Saint
Lew Grade cast Moore as
Simon Templar in a new adaptation of The
Saint, based on the novels by Leslie Charteris. Moore said in an
interview in 1963 that he wanted to buy the rights to Leslie
Charteris's character and the trademarks. He also joked that the role
was supposed to have been meant for Sean Connery, who was unavailable.
The television series was made in the UK with an eye to the American
market, and its success there (and in other countries) made Moore a
household name. By early 1967, he had achieved international stardom.
The series also established his suave, quipping style which he carried
forward to James Bond. Moore went on to direct several episodes of the
later series, which moved into colour in 1967.
The Saint ran from 1962 for six series and 118 episodes. Moore
grew increasingly tired of the role, and was keen to branch out.
Post-Saint films (1969–1971)
He made two films immediately after the series ended: Crossplot
(1969), a lightweight 'spy caper' movie, and the more challenging The
Man Who Haunted Himself (1970). Directed by Basil Dearden, it gave
Moore the opportunity to demonstrate a wider versatility than the role
Simon Templar had allowed. In 2004, Moore said of The Man Who
Haunted Himself: "It was one of the few times I was allowed to act...
Many say my best role was in The Man Who Haunted Himself. Being a
modest actor, I won't disagree."
The Persuaders! (1971–1972)
Television lured Moore back to star alongside
Tony Curtis in The
Persuaders!. The show featured the adventures of two millionaire
playboys across Europe. Moore was paid the then-unheard-of sum of £1
million for a single series, making him the highest paid television
actor in the world.
Lew Grade claimed in his autobiography Still
Dancing, that Moore and Curtis "didn't hit it off all that well".
Curtis refused to spend more time on set than was strictly necessary,
while Moore was always willing to work overtime.
According to the DVD commentary, neither Roger Moore, an uncredited
co-producer, nor Robert S. Baker, the credited producer, ever had a
contract other than a handshake with Lew Grade. They produced the
entire 24 episodes without a single written word guaranteeing that
they would ever be paid.
The series failed in the United States, where it had been sold to ABC,
which Curtis put down to its showing at the Saturday 10 pm slot, but
it was successful in Europe and Australia. In Germany, where the
series was aired under the name Die Zwei ("The Two"), it became a hit
through especially amusing dubbing which only barely used translations
of the original dialogue. In Britain, it was also popular, although on
its premiere on the ITV network, it was beaten in the ratings by
Monty Python's Flying Circus
Monty Python's Flying Circus on BBC One.
Channel 4 repeated
both The Avengers and
The Persuaders! in 1995. Since then, The
Persuaders! has been issued on DVD, while in France, where the series
(entitled Amicalement Vôtre) had always been popular, the DVD
releases accompanied a monthly magazine of the same name.
James Bond era (1973–1985)
Live and Let Die (1973)
Moore in 1973
Due to his commitment to several television shows, in particular The
Roger Moore was unavailable for the
James Bond films for a
considerable time. His participation in The Saint was as actor,
producer, and director, and he also became involved in developing the
series The Persuaders!. In 1964, he made a guest appearance as James
Bond in the comedy series Mainly Millicent, Moore stated in his
autobiography My Word Is My Bond (2008) that he had neither been
approached to play the character in Dr. No, nor did he feel that he
had ever been considered. Only after
Sean Connery had declared in 1966
that he would not play Bond any longer did Moore become aware that he
might be a contender for the role. After
George Lazenby was cast in
1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Connery played Bond again
in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Moore did not consider the possibility
until it seemed clear that Connery had stepped down as Bond for good.
At that point, Moore was approached, and he accepted producer Albert
Broccoli's offer in August 1972. In his autobiography, Moore writes
that he had to cut his hair and lose weight for the role. Although he
resented having to make those changes, he was finally cast as James
Bond in Live and Let Die (1973).
Moore then made Gold (1974), based on a novel by
Wilbur Smith for
Michael Klinger and director
Peter R. Hunt (who had directed
and edited some Bond films). He was paid US$200,000 plus a percentage
of the profits.
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Moore made his second Bond, The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), which
was a hit though less successful than Live and Let Die. It featured
Christopher Lee as the main antagonist. Also appearing are Britt
Ekland, Herve Villechaize, and Maud Adams, who later starred in
Octopussy, and A View to a Kill, subsequent Bond films with Roger
Moore playing the lead.
He then made a comedy
That Lucky Touch (1975) which was a box office
He made an Italian-shot action film Street People (1976), then went
back to South Africa for another Klinger-Hunt movie from a Wilbur
Smith novel, Shout at the Devil (1976), which was successful in
England, though less so in the US. Lee Marvin was a main cast member.
Ian Holm was also featured, as well as Barbara Parkins.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
For American TV Moore played the title role in
Sherlock Holmes in New
York (1976) then was back as Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), a
massive success. With Barbara Bach, and
Richard Kiel in his first
appearance as the huge, but not brainy, villain Jaws.
He returned to South Africa for a third action movie shot there, The
Wild Geese (1978), produced by
Euan Lloyd and directed by Andrew V.
McLaglen. It was a sizeable hit in Britain and Europe but, like Shout
at the Devil, less so in the US.< The cast featured Richard
Burton, who had top billing. And Richard Harris.
Moore played the lead in
Escape to Athena
Escape to Athena (1979) partly financed by
Lew Grade. It was a heist adventure set in war-time Greece, and stars
Telly Savalas and David Niven, and features mostly American character
actors, including Elliott Gould, Stefanie Powers, Richard Roundtree,
Sonny Bono, and Italian bombshell Claudia Cardinale.
Roger Moore (with
top billing) plays a charming former Austrian antiquities dealer
turned crooked camp commandant, asked to guard Greek antiquities
desired by the Third Reich, and also guard the collection of
archaeologists who are being forced to work to find and recover these
objects, but he has other plans for the treasure he guards and for the
people under his watch.
Roger Moore in 1979
More successful was his fourth outing as Bond, Moonraker (1979). He
followed it with an action film
North Sea Hijack
North Sea Hijack (1980) where Moore
played a very un-Bond-like hero, opposite Anthony Perkins. The film
was a box office disappointment.
Better received was
The Sea Wolves
The Sea Wolves (1980), another World War Two
adventure which reunited many of the crew from The Wild Geese
Euan Lloyd and McLaglen. It was based on the true story of a
March 1943 event in British India and Portuguese Goa, in which a group
of retired members of the Calcutta Light Horse, coloneled by David
Niven's character, assist regular
British Army operatives, played by
Moore and Gregory Peck, in destroying German ships in neutral Mormugao
harbor, all the time surrounded by German spies and Indian nationalist
intrigue. Trevor Howard, Patrick Macnee, and
Barbara Kellerman also
co-star, with a who's who lineup of British character actors.
Moore was in two all-star comedies: 'Sunday Lovers' (1980) which
flopped at the box office and
The Cannonball Run
The Cannonball Run (1981) which was a
hit. In the latter he spoofs his fame by playing a millionaire so
Roger Moore that he had had plastic surgery to look like
him. It featured an ensemble cast, including Jackie Chan, Burt
Reynolds, Dean Martin, Dom DeLuise, Sammy Davis Jr, and Farrah
For Your Eyes Only (1981) and
Moore returned to Bond for For Your Eyes Only (1981). Following this
film he expressed a desire to leave the role, and other
actors—notably James Brolin—were tested, but Moore was eventually
enticed back for
He made a cameo as Chief Inspector Clouseau, posing as a famous movie
star, in Curse of the Pink Panther] (1983) (for which he was
credited as "Turk Thrust II"). Then he tried a thriller The Naked Face
(1984), written and directed by Bryan Forbes.
A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill (1985)
Moore made one last Bond,
A View to a Kill
A View to a Kill (1985). Moore was the
James Bond actor, having spent 12 years in the role
(from his debut in 1973, to his retirement from the role in 1985),
having made seven of the Eon Production Bond films in a row. Moore was
the oldest actor to have played Bond – he was 45 in Live and Let
Die, and 58 when he announced his retirement on 3 December 1985. Moore
is also tied with
Sean Connery as the actor who played Bond in the
most movies. They both appeared in seven.
Moore's Bond was very different from the version created by Ian
Fleming. Screenwriters such as
George MacDonald Fraser provided
scenarios in which Moore was cast as a seasoned, debonair playboy who
would always have a trick or gadget in stock when he needed it. This
was designed to serve the contemporary taste of the 1970s. Moore's
version of Bond was also known for his sense of humour and witty one
liners, Moore himself said, "My personality is different from previous
Bonds. I’m not that cold-blooded killer type. Which is why I play it
mostly for laughs."
In 1987, he hosted Happy Anniversary 007: 25 Years of James Bond.
James Bond career (1986–2017)
Moore in 2012
Moore did not act on screen for five years after he stopped playing
Bond; in 1990, he appeared in several films and in the writer-director
Michael Feeney Callan's television series My Riviera and starred in
the film Bed & Breakfast which was shot in 1989; and also had
a large role in the 1996 film The Quest; in 1997, he starred as the
Chief in Spice World. At the age of 73, he played a flamboyant
homosexual man in Boat Trip (2002) with Cuba Gooding Jr.
The British comedy show
Spitting Image once had a sketch in which
their latex likeness of Moore, when asked to display emotions by an
offscreen director, did nothing but raise an eyebrow; Moore himself
stated that he thought the sketch was funny and took it in good
humour. Indeed, he had always embraced the "eyebrows" gag
wholeheartedly, slyly claiming that he "only had three expressions as
Bond: right eyebrow raised, left eyebrow raised, and eyebrows crossed
when grabbed by Jaws".
Spitting Image continued the joke, featuring a
Bond film spoof, The Man with the Wooden Delivery, with Moore's puppet
receiving orders from
Margaret Thatcher to kill Mikhail Gorbachev.
Other comedy shows at that time ridiculed Moore's acting, with Rory
Bremner once claiming to have had a death threat from one of his irate
fans following one such routine.
In 2009, Moore appeared in an advertisement for the Post Office, he
also played the role of a secret agent in the
Victoria Wood Christmas
Special on BBC1 show over the festive period in the same year. Filming
all his scenes in the
London Eye, his mission was to eliminate another
agent whose file photo looks like Pierce Brosnan. In 2010, Moore
provided the voice of a talking cat called Lazenby in the film Cats
& Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore which contained several
references to, and parodies of, Bond films. In 2011, Moore co-starred
in the film
A Princess for Christmas
A Princess for Christmas with Katie McGrath and Sam
Heughan, and in 2012, he took to the stage for a series of seven
'Evenings with' in UK theatres and, in November, guest-hosted Have I
Got News for You. Moore's last on-screen performance was in 2013,
a brief cameo as himself in Incompatibles, the first feature-length
film of the then 21-year-old French director Paolo Cedolin Petrini.
In 2015, Moore was named one of GQ's 50 best-dressed British men.
In 2015, Moore read Hans Christian Andersen's "The Princess and The
Pea" for the children's fairy tales app GivingTales in aid of UNICEF,
with other British celebrities, including Michael Caine, Ewan
McGregor, Joan Collins, Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, David Walliams,
Paul McKenna and Michael Ball.
Audrey Hepburn had impressed him with her work for
UNICEF, and consequently he became a
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in
1991. He was the voice of Father Christmas or 'Santa' in the 2004
UNICEF cartoon The Fly Who Loved Me.
Moore was involved in the production of a video for
PETA that protests
against the production and wholesale of foie gras. Moore narrates the
video. His assistance in this situation, and being a strong
spokesman against foie gras, led to the department store Selfridges
agreeing to remove foie gras from their shelves.
Doorn Van Steyn
In 1946, aged 18, Moore married a fellow RADA student, the actress and
ice skater Doorn Van Steyn (born Lucy Woodard), who was six years his
senior; Moore and Van Steyn lived in Streatham with her family,
but tension over money matters and her lack of confidence in his
acting ability took their toll on the relationship, during which
he allegedly suffered domestic abuse.
In 1952, Moore met the Welsh singer Dorothy Squires, who was 12 years
his senior, and Van Steyn and Moore divorced the following year.
Squires and Moore were married in New York. They lived in Bexley,
Kent, after their marriage.
They moved to the United States in 1954 to develop their careers, but
tension developed in their marriage due to their age difference and
Moore's infatuation with starlet Dorothy Provine, and they moved back
United Kingdom in 1961. Squires suffered a series of
miscarriages during their marriage, and Moore later said the outcome
of their marriage might have been different if they had been able to
In their tempestuous relationship, Squires smashed a guitar over his
head, and after learning of his affair with the Italian actress Luisa
Mattioli, who became Moore's third wife, Moore said, "She threw a
brick through my window. She reached through the glass and grabbed my
shirt and she cut her arms doing it...The police came and they said,
'Madam, you're bleeding' and she said, 'It's my heart that's
bleeding'." Squires intercepted letters from Mattioli to Moore and
planned to include them in her autobiography, but the couple won
injunctions against the publication in 1977, which led Squires to
unsuccessfully sue them for loss of earnings. The numerous legal
cases launched by Squires led her to be declared a vexatious litigant
in 1987. Moore paid Squires's hospital bills after her cancer
treatment in 1996, and upon her death in 1998.
Roger Moore at the
1989 Cannes Film Festival
1989 Cannes Film Festival with wife Luisa Mattioli
In 1961, while filming The Rape of the Sabine Women in Italy, Moore
left Squires for the Italian actress Luisa Mattioli. Squires
refused to accept their separation, and sued Moore for loss of
conjugal rights, but Moore refused the court's order to return to
Squires in 28 days. Squires also smashed windows at a house in
France where Moore and Mattioli were living, and unsuccessfully sued
Kenneth More for libel, as More had introduced Moore and
Mattioli at a charity event as "Mr
Roger Moore and his wife".
Moore and Mattioli lived together until 1969, when Squires finally
granted him a divorce, after they had been separated for seven
years. At Moore and Mattioli's marriage in April 1969 at the
Caxton Hall in Westminster, London, a crowd of 600 people was outside,
with women screaming his name.
Moore had three children with Mattioli: actress-daughter Deborah (born
1963) and two sons, Geoffrey and Christian. Geoffrey is also an
actor, and appeared alongside his father in the 1976 film Sherlock
Holmes in New York. In later life, he co-founded Hush Restaurant in
Mayfair, London, with Jamie Barber. Geoffrey and his wife Loulou
have two daughters. Moore's younger son, Christian, is a film
Kristina "Kiki" Tholstrup
Moore and Mattioli separated in 1993 after Moore developed feelings
for a Swedish-born Danish socialite, Kristina "Kiki" Tholstrup.
Moore later described his prostate cancer diagnosis in 1993 as
"life-changing", which led him to reassess his life and marriage.
Mattioli and Tholstrup had long been friends, but Mattioli was
scathing of her in the book she subsequently wrote about her
relationship with Moore, Nothing Lasts Forever, describing how she
felt betrayed by Tholstrup and discarded by Moore.
Moore remained silent on his divorce from Mattioli, later saying that
he did not wish to hurt his children by "engaging in a war of
words". Moore's children refused to speak to him for a period
after the divorce, but they were later reconciled with their
father. Mattioli refused to grant Moore a divorce until 2000, when
a £10 million settlement was agreed. Moore subsequently married
Tholstrup in 2002. Moore said that he loved Tholstrup as she was
"organised", "serene", "loving", and "calm", saying, "I have a
difficult life. I rely on Kristina totally. When we are travelling for
my job, she is the one who packs. Kristina takes care of all
that". Moore also said that his marriage to Tholstrup was "a
tranquil relationship, there are no arguments". Tholstrup had a
daughter, Christina Knudsen, from a previous relationship; Knudsen
described her stepfather as a positive influence, saying, "I was in
difficult relationships but that all changed" when her mother met
Moore. Christina Knudsen died from cancer on 25 July 2016, at the age
of 47; Moore posted on Twitter, "We are heartbroken" and "We were all
with her, surrounding her with love, at the end".
On politics, Moore stated he was a Conservative and thought that
Conservatism is the way to run a country. The BBC listed Moore
prior to the 2001 UK general election as a celebrity backer of the
British Conservative Party. In 2011, Moore gave his support to
Conservative Prime Minister
David Cameron regarding his policy on the
European Union, stating:
I think he's doing absolutely wonderfully well, despite the opposition
from many members of his own party. Traitors, I call them. I mean any
hardliner within the Conservative Party who speaks out against their
leader. You should support your leader.
Despite his Conservative politics, Moore retained membership of the
Entertainment and Media trade union
BECTU until his death, having
joined as an apprentice animation technician before his acting career
took off. At his death, he was the union's longest-serving member
Moore became a tax exile from the
United Kingdom in 1978, originally
to Switzerland, and divided his year between his three homes: an
apartment in Monte Carlo, Monaco; a chalet in Crans-Montana,
Switzerland; and a home in the south of France. Moore became a
resident of Monaco, having been appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of
Monaco by Prince Albert II for his efforts in internationally
promoting and publicising the principality. Moore was scathing of
the Russian population in Monaco, saying, "I'm afraid we're
overstuffed with Russians. All the restaurant menus are in Russian
Moore was vocal in his defence of his tax exile status, saying that in
the 1970s, he had been urged by his "accountants, agents, and lawyers"
that moving abroad was essential because "you would never be able to
save enough to ensure that you had any sort of livelihood if you
didn't work" as a result of the punitive taxation rates imposed on
unearned income. Moore said in 2011 that his decision to live
abroad was "not about tax. That's a serious part of it. I come back to
England often enough not to miss it, to see the changes, to find some
of the changes good...I paid my taxes at the time that I was earning a
decent income, so I've paid my due".
Moore had a series of childhood diseases, including chickenpox,
measles, mumps, double pneumonia and jaundice. He had an
infection of his foreskin at the age of eight and underwent a
circumcision, and had his appendix, tonsils, and adenoids removed.
Moore was a long-term sufferer of kidney stones and needed to be
hospitalised during the making of Live and Let Die in 1973 and
again while filming the 1979 film Moonraker.
In 1993, Moore was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent
successful treatment for the disease.
In 2003, Moore collapsed on stage while appearing on Broadway, and
was fitted with a pacemaker to treat a potentially deadly slow
heartbeat. He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 2013. Some
years before his final cancer illness, a tumour spot was found in the
liver. Then, in 2017, during his cancer treatment period, he had a
fall which badly injured the collarbone.
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Moore's family announced his death in Switzerland, on 23 May 2017 from
prostate cancer that had spread to his liver and lungs. He
died in his home in Crans-Montana, in the presence of his
Moore had friendships with some of Denmark's royal family; Prince
Joachim and his then-wife
Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg
Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg invited
Moore and his wife Kiki to attend the christening of their youngest
son, Prince Felix. On 24 May 2008, Moore and his wife attended the
wedding of Prince Joachim to his French fiancée Marie Cavallier.
Moore also had a long-standing friendship with Princess Lilian of
Sweden, whom he first met on a visit to Stockholm for UNICEF. Moore's
wife Kristina, who was born in Sweden, was already a friend of
Princess Lilian's through mutual friends. In his autobiography, Moore
recalled meeting the princess for tea and dinners whenever his wife
and he visited Stockholm. He spoke of his recollections at the
princess's memorial service at the English Church in Stockholm, on 8
On 1 and 2 July 2011, Moore and his wife attended the wedding of
Prince Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock.
Honours and awards
On 9 March 1999, Moore was appointed a Commander of the Order of the
British Empire (CBE), and promoted to Knight Commander of the same
Order (KBE) on 14 June 2003. The citation on the knighthood was
for Moore's charity work, which dominated his public life for more
than a decade. Moore said that the citation "meant far more to me than
if I had got it for acting... I was proud because I received it on
UNICEF as a whole and for all it has achieved over the
On 11 October 2007, three days before he turned 80, Moore was awarded
a star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work on television and in
film. Attending the ceremony were family, friends, and Richard Kiel,
with whom he had acted in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker. Moore's
star was the 2,350th star installed, and is appropriately located at
7007 Hollywood Boulevard.
On 28 October 2008, the French government appointed Moore a Commander
of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. On 21 November 2012, Moore
was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire
for his outstanding contributions to the UK film and television
industry for over 50 years, in particular film and television
productions in Hertfordshire.
After his death, the
Roger Moore Stage was opened at Pinewood Studios
at a ceremony held in October 2017 to celebrate his life and work.
His wife and family were in attendance along with Bond producers
Michael G Wilson
Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and guests at the event
included Dame Joan Collins,
Sir Michael Caine, Stephen Fry,
Rice and Stefanie Powers.
For his charity work
Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award (UNICEF)
Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award
2003: German Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) for his
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE)
1999: Commander of the
Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire (CBE)
Lifetime achievements awards
2008: Commander of the French National Order of Arts and Letters
(Ordre national des Arts et des Lettres)
2007: Hollywood Walk of Fame
2004: TELEKAMERA ("Tele Tydzień" Lifetime Achievement Award, Poland)
Monte Carlo TV Festival (Lifetime Achievement Award)
2001: Lifetime achievement award (Filmfestival, Jamaica)
1997: Palm Springs film festival, USA, Lifetime Achievement Award
1995: TELE GATTO (Italian TV; Lifetime Achievement Award)
1991: GOLDEN CAMERA (German TV; lifetime achievement award)
1990: BAMBI (Lifetime Achievement Award from the German magazine
For his acting
1981: OTTO (Most popular Film Star; from German Magazine BRAVO)
1980: Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite –
Saturn Award (Most Popular International Performer)
1973: BAMBI (shared with
Tony Curtis for "The Persuaders", from the
German magazine BUNTE)
1973: BEST ACTOR IN TV, award from the French magazine TELE-7-JOURS,
Tony Curtis for "The Persuaders"
1967: ONDAS-AWARD (Spanish TV for "The Saint")
1967: OTTO (Most popular TV-star for "The Saint"; from German magazine
Kathleen Crowley in Maverick (1961)
Joanna Barnes in The Trials of O'Brien
Moore, c. 1960
The Last Time I Saw Paris
The King's Thief
Capt. Michael Stuart
Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Avon Emeralds, 3/22/1959
The Sins of Rachel Cade
Gold of the Seven Saints
Romulus and the Sabines
No Man's Land
The Fiction Makers
Vendetta for the Saint
The Man Who Haunted Himself
Live and Let Die
The Man with the Golden Gun
That Lucky Touch
Shout at the Devil
Sherlock Holmes in New York
The Spy Who Loved Me
The Wild Geese
Lieutenant Shaun Fynn
Escape to Athena
Major Otto Hecht
North Sea Hijack
Rufus Excalibur ffolkes
The Sea Wolves
Captain Gavin Stewart
The Cannonball Run
For Your Eyes Only
Curse of the Pink Panther
Chief Insp. Jacques Clouseau
The Naked Face
Dr. Judd Stevens
A View to a Kill
Fire, Ice and Dynamite
Sir George Windsor
Sir John Bevistock
Bed & Breakfast
The Man Who Wouldn't Die
Lord Edgar Dobbs
Supt. Robert Ogilvie
A Princess for Christmas
Edward, Duke of Castlebury
Filmed in 2013
Moore's book about the filming of Live and Let Die, based on his
Roger Moore as James Bond: Roger Moore's Own Account
of Filming Live and Let Die, was published in
London in 1973, by Pan
Books. The book includes an acknowledgment to Sean Connery, with
whom Moore was friends for many years: "I would also like to thank
Sean Connery – with whom it would not have been possible."
Moore's autobiography My Word is My Bond (ISBN 0061673889) was
published by Collins in the US, in November 2008 and by Michael O'Mara
Books Ltd in the UK, on 2 October 2008 (ISBN 9781843173182).
On 16 October 2012, Bond on Bond was published to tie in with the 50th
anniversary of the
James Bond films. The book, with many pictures, is
based on Moore's own memories, thoughts, and anecdotes about all
things 007, with some of the profits of the book going to UNICEF.
Roger Moore as James Bond: Roger Moore's Own Account of Filming Live
and Let Die. 1973. ISBN 9780330236539.
My Word Is My Bond: The Autobiography. 2008.
Bond on Bond: The Ultimate Book on 50 Years of Bond Movies. 2012.
Last Man Standing. 2014. ISBN 9781782432074. (published as One
Lucky Bastard in the United States)
À bientôt …. 2017. ISBN 9781782438618.
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