The saying ‘never meet your heroes’ has never been so wrong as Sir Roger Moore graced our presence at the Reading Hexagon last weekend (Saturday 2nd November) to what was an entertaining show, giving his biggest fans the chance to finally meet the legend in person.
The show started with an introduction from host Gareth Owen, who is Sir Roger’s manager and biographer. This was shortly followed by Sir Roger entering the stage a familiar 007 theme, where he was welcomed with an excitement of clapping and a standing ovation.
Taking us on an exclusive insight he then discussed his astonishing life and career. Beginning at early stages he recalled that before he eventually went to acting school he was an animator, but merely making tea! He talked of being fired from various jobs, being taught how to kiss by Lana Turner, through to theatre; The Saint, The Persuaders, and of course ‘a little thing he did’ called James Bond.
The Spy Who Loved Me – starring Roger Moore was my first introduction to Bond. It offered a distinct thrill of one-man taking on espionage, evil villains and of course some added humour. At the age of 86, he still lives this witty value and remains a marvellous raconteur. At points he remembered various occasions with fame, providing entertaining, yet accurate impressions of Bruce Forsythe and the late Tony Curtis.
He shared descriptive anecdotes into life behind Bond, such as being too fat for the role, accidently being set on fire; and more recently his thoughts on Daniel Craig as 007. In which he states that there is more action in the first five minutes of Casino Royale than there was in his entire seven outings as Bond.
In closing, Roger then spoke about UNICEF – one of the most rewarding things he has ever done, in which Audrey Hepburn first introduced him too. After watching his films countless times, the chance to meet Sir Roger Moore in person fulfilled all excitement and was a pleasure for the entire audience after being treated to a closing public Q+A. Nobody does it better.