I once again stayed up way too late another night last night to finish reading whatever present book I ve been reading in this case Roger Moore as James Bond Roger Moore s Own Account of Filming Live and Let Die 1973I really enjoyed this book which is a day by day diary style account by Moore from his first days of shooting the movie to his last and all of the many things that go into the making of a major motion picture like a James Bond movie and the many people involved in its making The first half of the book or follows Moore s shooting on location in Louisiana mostly boat chases through the bayous and scenes in New Orleans and Jamaica where among other scenes the infamous Kananga crocodile farm scenes were shot Then ust in time for Christmas the first unit returned to England to begin several weeks of shooting at Pinewood Studios for most of the movie s interior scenes Finally for Moore and David Hedison who plays American CIA agent Felix Leiter several days of shooting on location in New York City including scenes in some of the poorest and crime ridden neighborhoods of HarlemMoore agreed to record a daily account of all of this at the time so that this book could be released ust before the movie as a promotional tie in He details his encounters with fellow cast mates like leading lady Bond girl Jane Seymour and Bond villain Yaphet Kotto Mr Big Bond films producer Harry Saltzman and director Guy HamiltonEven interesting at times are Moore s accounts of the head craft services person on location George Crawford s attempts to keep hundreds of film people fed each day and on schedule including once even he accidentally delayed shooting for several hours when he accidentally took the car with Jane Seymour s make up in it to go looking for food supplies and another story of how reluctantly he had to turn over the chicken he was preparing for the film unit s lunches when a refrigerator holding the raw chicken for a scene with the crocodiles got left off over night and the crocodile bait chicken went rancid apparently even crocodiles won t eat spoiled chickenMoore also details the many days that the weather wouldn t cooperate as well as his own various duties off screen such as interviews with various press reporters the most common uestion being How will your James Bond be different from Sean Connery s still photography sessions and promotional appearancesBeing a diary taken at the actual time of shooting this book also goes into much detail of Moore s daily interactions with his wife at the time Louisa Mattioli which he was married to from 1969 to 1996 his children and the personal friends and acuaintances he would spend his off hours with than Moore s much later written memoirs do when he reflects in them back to this period of time filming his first James Bond filmI highly recommend this book for fans of the James Bond movies andor of Roger Moore as well as those who would find it interesting to see ust how a big budget stunts and location shooting heavy movie of the early 1970s was made For instance it wasn t until his fourteenth day of shooting that Moore got to speak any real lines of dialogue the two weeks prior to that having been mostly used shooting the boat chase scenes Also the headaches of trying to schedule the royal premiere date in London which reuired coordinating it with whichever member of the royal family who would be available to attend something that American films and even most British ones I would suppose would not have to deal with but that is simply expected to happen with the release of a new James BondAs I said highly recommended if you can find a copy As this book came out nearly fifty years ago 1973 it is of course by now out of print I got my copy to read via interlibrary loan with my local public library system Tampa Hillsborough Public Library borrowing a copy for me from Salem State University Library in Salem Massachusetts Used copies can probably still be found online of either the first printings or subseuent printings some under alternate titles like Roger Moore s James Bond Diaries and The 007 Diaries Filming Live and Let Die I give this a four stars out of five on GoodReads and would probably give it four and a half if GoodReads as allowed for half stars in their ratings Since this is ust back in print after 45 years I was excited to take a look This is the best insight we ll ever get into the day to day mechanics of a Bond production and who else but Roger Moore would do it On that. Roger Moore who has thrilled millions the world over as the perfect English gentleman adventurer finally achieves his ambition to create a new
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His adventures filming the Live and let die his debut for the 007 series and Not as witty as his later biographical works but nevertheless an entertaining read Sir Roger walks us through the highs and lows of film making in the early 1970s the tedium the wind ups the race relations and family affairs the injuries and illnesses the tantrums the crocodiles the stars and starlets Probably worth to a James Bond fan than any casual reader I enjoyed it a lot To start I should say that I was a huge fan of the late great Sir Roger Moore I picked this up in 2003 at a Toy Fair read it then and loved it Jump to 2017 and on hearing of his passing I decided to read it again and what a treat it wasThis is Roger Moore s diary of his time making Live And Let Die we don t get anything from before production began and we don t get anything after production ended but we get absolutely everything between those two points Where now a lot of behind the scenes material which I love to read is either tactful or adheres to the company line this takes no notice of that Moore discusses race relations both on set and with the locations needles his producer for being cheap gets on well with the crew and his fellow actors most appeared to have worked with him in the past and yet isn t afraid to paint himself honestly he loses his temper on occasion sometimes at the production often at himself and argues with his wife Remarkably candid and told with the wit he showed in his autobiography and his live shows two of which I was lucky enough to catch this presents a man who enjoys what he does and realises how lucky he is wants the best for people he s often aghast at how Harry Saltzman treats people in restaurants clearly loves his kids and takes great pride in his charity work for the Stars Organisation For Spastics of which he was patron Being a diary we also get a glimpse into his social life as he entertains or is entertained by various famous people and even gets star struck himself such as meeting Deborah Kerr in a restaurantFunny insightful smart and informative this is a fantastic read and if you can get hold of a copy I d very much recommend it The 007 Diaries Filming Live and Let Die is a fun ultimate insider s view of the filming of Live and Let Die nearly three decades ago During his first outing as James Bond Roger Moore kept a daily diary A book was published in 1973 and earlier in 2019 the book has finally made it to audioThis was a fun book to listen to during a road trip Since there wasn t really a plot that we had to pay attention to we could converse during the story and only pay attention during particularly interesting sectionsof which there were actually manyAs you d expect from a James Bond personality from the early 70s there is sexism and racism that sounds and was very inappropriatebut was also the norm for that eraMany of us hadn t seen the actual movie but we watched it together soon after the road trip 4 for The 007 Diaries What a magnificently intimate accounting of Sir Roger Moore s work on his first Bond film Live and Let Die Moore s innate charm and self deprecating wit are on full display and I feel like I understand not ust the moviemaking of the era a little better but the man himselfWhat a light he was in the world and what a positively charming man I enthusiastically endorse this work for any Bond fan and any film fan and think even those with a passing curiosity for history will enjoy an unguarded look at the world from not so long ago A moving foreword and valuable afterword make this even memorable I freuently part with physical works after I read them but this will remain a treasured part of my collection Way back in the 1970s when I was still at school I bought a paperback of Roger Moore As James Bond 007 Over the years I ve read it uite a few times my copy is a now a bit worn faded This new hardback limited edirion of the book is very nicely presented As well as a new introduction from David Felix Leiter Hedison there are some very welcome additional photographs from the making of Live Let Die The publishers have even reproduced the film s poster on the inside boardsLong before the internet DVD bluray documentaries this was a very rare source on the detailed making of a major filmIf you ve never read it before then check out this highly informative amusing film diary from the legendary Roger Moore If you have read the old edition enjoyed it as much as I did then add this wonderful new version to your collection. Guments dangers frustrations flirtations and funA wickedly witty record of each day’s shooting that doesn’t end when the cameras stop turnin.
Basis it is interesting to see how the proverbial trains ran back then Moore is as ever self deprecating and funny The book is somewhat disclaimed as being 45 years old so some language that would never fly remains intact which is nothing if not interesting However even as a hardcore Bond fan this did get dull as it is A Ranchers Vow (Sons of Silver Springs) (Sons of Silver Springs) (Harlequin Intrigue just someone s dia Roger Moore s James Bond Diary by Roger MooreRoger Moore s James Bond Diary is an account of his filming the movie Live and Let Die and was published in 1973 The book opens with an acknowledgment to Sean Connery with whom Moore has been friends for many years I would also like to thank Sean Connery with whom it would not have been possibleThis pun really sums Sir Rodge up and sets the tone for the rest of the bookBeing a big Bond fan and also a big Sir Rodge fan check out his recent books and autobiography they re very good I picked up this curiosity of a book from eBay for a couple of pounds Its written in his usual dry and witty style and was thoroughly entertaining There s not a great deal of depth to it for example there were no profound insights into his acting method characterisation effect of working on location on relationships and family etc rather its a straightforward account of filming a Bond movie the day to day grind pressures and frustrations What I picked up from the book is Rodge knows everyone to him networking and socialising is critical and he probably rather enjoys it He s a professional he turns up for work delivers his lines and is clearly doing aob which he loves He seems to be prone to illness both real and imagined He understands the value of money and how much he is worth He uses humour to try to put others and possibly himself at ease and he definitely doesn t take himself too seriouslyYou get the impression that Rodge was rather shocked at being cast as Bond especially as he was in his mid forties at the time Bond is portrayed in his early to mid thirties in the books and in real life Sir Rodge is definitely not an action hero So in summary a light hearted and easy read which records each day s shooting and includes insights into the other activities which occur when the cameras stop turning I picked this book up in 2003 at a Toy Fair read it then and loved it I decided to read it again following Sir Roger s passing and what a treat it wasThis is Roger Moore s diary of his time making Live And Let Die we don t get anything from before production began and we don t get anything after production ended but we get absolutely everything between those two points Where now a lot of behind the scenes material which I love to read is either tactful or adheres to the company line this takes no notice of that Moore discusses race relations both on set and with the locations needles his producer for being cheap gets on well with the crew and his fellow actors most appeared to have worked with him in the past and yet isn t afraid to portray himself honestly he loses his temper on occasion sometimes at the production often at himself and argues with his wife Remarkably candid and told with the wit he showed in his autobiography and his live shows two of which I was lucky enough to catch this presents a man who enjoys what he does and realises how lucky he is wants the best for people he s often aghast at how Harry Saltzman treats people in restaurants clearly loves his kids and takes great pride in his charity work for the Stars Organisation For Spastics of which he was patron There are also lots of wonderful talking of which reminds me of moments too and some great insights into the normality of his life on leaving Jamaica for the Christmas holidays and starting work at Pinewood I am looking forward to Sunday papers English marmalade frosty mornings and seeing my mother and father Being a diary we also get a glimpse into his social life as he entertains or is entertained by various famous people and even gets star struck himself such as meeting Deborah Kerr in a restaurant The book also features 8 pages of colour photographs some of which are production stills some of which are candid ones by Luisa Moore Funny insightful smart and informative this is a fantastic read and if you can get hold of a copy I d very much recommend it Sir Roger Moore a Jazz Funeral jewel of the EON crown he was undoubtedly the best ambassador of the 007 series and even Daniel Craig has strong feelings about this gentleman and his first movie in the guise of James Bond 007In this book Roger Moore relates about. Ames BondHere is his personal diary The frank uncensored story of what really happens in the making of a super film – the fightsealousies ar.
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