In a career that spans over seven decades, Roger Moore has been at the very heart of Hollywood. Of course, he’s an actor and has starred in films that have made him famous the world over; but he’s also a tremendous prankster, joker and raconteur. Despite the fact that he is well known as one of the nicest guys in the business, on and off the screen he has always been up for some fun.
In this fabulous collection of true stories from his stellar career, Moore lifts the lid on the movie business, from Hollywood to Pinewood. One Lucky Bastard features outrageous tales from his own life and career as well as those told to him by a host of stars and filmmakers including, Tony Curtis, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, David Niven, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, John Mills, Peter Sellers, Michael Winner, Cubby Broccoli, and many more. Wonderfully entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, these extraordinary tales from the world of the movies is vintage Moore at his very best.
This collection of random anecdotes, repurposed jokes and tales of the many personages of Moore's vast acquaintance is as genial as it is superfluous. The 86-year-old former James Bond and star of the 60s British television show The Saint reels off a series of droning accounts, though many are third hand, such as a wheezy tale of Bette Davis' wit, circa 1931. With disjointed timelines and out-of-date references to past Hollywood hot spots like Ciro's and minor celebrities such as Don Rickles, the lack of structure gives the feel of this as a ghostwritten grab-bag of names and notions that didn't fit into his first two works of autobiography. To his credit, Moore makes no pretension about his own acting talents, nor does he exaggerate his celebrity status. He's an amiable raconteur, though his tales of yachting hijinks on the French Riviera are rarefied enough that Moore is really discussing glory days that will resonate with only the most hardcore fans of the Bond franchise and British actors of the 1960s.