The English film and theater actor, producer and screenwriter Roger Moore became famous for his performance as James Bond. He was awarded the Orders of the British Empire "Commander (CBE)", "Knight Commander (KBE)" with the title of Knight.
Sir Roger George Moore was born in 1927 in London on October 14. The child in the family of a policeman and a housewife was the only one.
The winding path to the cinema world
The boy entered Battersea Grammar School. Due to the outbreak of war, he continued his education at the school of Dr. Challoner. Further studies took place at Reverend Bedda's College and Durham University. The future famous artist left the institution.
At eighteen, Moore went to the army. He completed his service as a captain. During his time there, Roger commanded a small depot in West Germany.
Shortly before demobilization, he was transferred at the request of director Hirst to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. There the future performer met his future co-star Lois Maxwell. She played the role of Moneypenny until 1985.
Moore made his film debut in the late forties. He was an extra. Seventeen-year-old Roger starred in an episode of "Caesar and Cleopatra" in 1945. He met on the set with childhood idol Stuart Granger. Later he worked on the film "Wild Goose".
Since the early fifties, Moore has been a model for print advertising. He advertised both knitwear and toothpaste. Then there was the approval of Roger as an actor. His most famous screen appearance at the time was the pilot of the Detective's Living Room on May 27, 1950.
After the MGM contract, filming began. True, they did not bring much success. Then Moore decided to switch to television activities. He became the hero of the TV series "Ivanhoe". The super-freak version of Scott's work was the reason for inviting the debutant to Alaska.
He also played in "Maverick" the lead character's cousin, Brett Maverick, who arrived from England. In 1960 the painting "Saint" was published. Playing the role of Simon Templar brought Moore worldwide fame and became a turning point in his biography. In the film adaptation based on the work of Leslie Charteris, the role was originally intended for Sean Connery.
The series ran until 1969. It was then shown in the United States. The project became one of the most popular paintings. In working on the image, Moore created his own authorial style, which he brilliantly used in realizing the role of Bond. The actor also starred in the continuation of the series. Several episodes were shown in color in 1967. After a successful start, the artist starred in six seasons and nearly two hundred episodes.
In the company of Tony Curtis, Roger once again rose to fame. They played in the TV series Masters of persuasion. Another name for the project is "Extra-Class Amateur Detectives". In the story, a pair of playboy millionaires travels across Europe in search of adventure.
After playing the role, Moore was recognized as the highest paid TV actor in the world. There are several versions of Moore's appearance in Bond. According to one of them, the creator of Agent Fleming himself named him as a candidate.
He saw the artist in "Saint" and immediately proposed his candidacy for the first film in the series. Only the timing got in the way. However, in reality, the artist received an offer in 1967. At the same time, the director feared that the image of the Saint would interfere with the perception of the actor as Bond.
Approval of the new performer took place on part 1973 "Live and Let Die". Popularity has brought him more than ten years of stay in the image of Agent 007. Moore became the longest-playing Bond in the entire long history of filming.
The performer played in a legendary manner until 1985. After the completion of Bondiana, the filming activity of Moore the artist continued. However, he was not given more stellar roles. The artist completely stopped working on the screen in April 2009.
Social activities and personal life
True, in the video for the London Olympics, the actor reincarnated again in 007. This time he worked alongside Samantha Bond as Moneypenny. The actor also appeared on talk shows, making cooperation with UNICEF his main activity. He became a goodwill ambassador for the organization's children's fund.
While working in the sixth Bond film, the artist visited India. He was so shocked by the country that he was keenly interested in charity. Audrey Hepburn told Moore about her work at UNICEF. Since 1991, the actor has embarked on a new activity. At the same time, he was engaged in scoring. Santa from the cartoon project "The Fly That Loves Me" spoke in his voice. For his social activities, the performer in 1999 was awarded the Orders of the British Empire, and was awarded the title of knight.
The first wife of the famous artist was the speed skater Dorn Van Stein. The marriage ceremony took place in 1946. The family existed until 1953. Vocalist Dorothy Squires became Moore's new darling. In 1968 he parted ways with her to marry Italian actress Luisa Mattioli.
In this marriage, three children were born, a daughter, Deborah, and two sons, Geoffrey and Christian. Jeffrey followed in his father's footsteps by becoming an actor. He is also a London restaurateur. Deborah also played in Bond. She starred in the cameo role of a flight attendant in James Bond: Die Another Day. Christian is a producer.
The happy marriage ended unexpectedly in 1993. Christina Tolstrup (Tolstrap), his billionaire neighbor on the Cote d'Azur, became Moore's chosen one and his wife.
During the filming of "The Spy Who Loved Me" the performer of the role of the villain Kurd Jurgens, with whom Moore developed friendly relations, suggested that the artist use the house in Gstaad. Roger lived in it when he was skiing. There he spent all the winters for fifteen years after the wedding with Tolstrup.
The legendary actor died at the end of May 2017.