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Title:
One lucky bastard : tales from Tinseltown
Author:
Moore, Roger, 1927-2017.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Last man standing
Publication Information:
Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, 2014.
Physical Description:
272 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Summary:
"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"--
General Note:
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 as Last man standing by Michael O'Mara Books Limited"--Title page verso.

Includes index.
Language:
English
Contents:
The fun--and feisty--leading ladies -- The Pinewood years -- Stage-struck -- On-set tales -- The good guys (and a few rascals) -- The Rat Pack -- The creative geniuses -- The producers.
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Added Author:
ISBN:
9781493007974
Format :
Book

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Summary

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.


Author Notes

Sir Roger Moore is best known for portraying British secret agent James Bond in seven films between 1973 and 1985 and for his role as Simon Templar in the long-running British television series The Saint. Born in London in 1927, he became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

As the subtitle indicates, this book isn't a traditional autobiography (Moore did that already, with 2008's My Word Is My Bond). This is more of a literary photo album, a series of snapshots from the actor's life and career: these are the things I did, these are the people I knew. A lot of famous people wander in and out of these light, breezy moviemaking stories: Grace Kelly, Bette Davis, Tony Curtis (Moore's costar in the now-little-known 1971 British TV series The Persuaders!), Gregory Peck, Peter O'Toole, Rex Harrison, and many more. Moore barely mentions James Bond or his other famous character, Simon Templar better known as the Saint but that's OK, because he talked about them in his earlier book. This one covers all the other stuff he's done, and there's a ton of it, from war movies to comedies to romantic dramas to action-adventures. Moore comes across as a likable guy, a bit bewildered at his own success, and not entirely sure how he went from a male model to a film icon. Lots of fun.--Pitt, David Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

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. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Excerpts

Excerpts

On lunch at the commissary at Pinewood Studios: "Prior to the lunch break each day, one of the carpenters or electricians would usually go down to the canteen to get a copy of the typed menu for the day, bring it back to the set for the crew to place their orders. On one particular day, an electrician produced the menu which offered: fried Spam and chips; cold Spam and salad, Rissoles and a couple of other items ... only the "R" on the old typewriter wasn't working correctly and instead printed as a "P". "OK then," said the spark to the formidable canteen manageress. "We'll have three Spam and chips, four Pissoles and chips ..." "What did you say?" she snapped. "Four Pissholes ..." "That is an R, an R - did you hear me?" "Oh, sorry," he replied and without missing a beat continued with, "We'll have three Spam and chips and four R-soles and chips, please." Excerpted from One Lucky Bastard: Tales from Tinseltown by Roger Moore All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Introductionp. 11
Chapter 1 The Fun-and Feisty-Leading Ladiesp. 17
Chapter 2 The Pinewood Yearsp. 47
Chapter 3 Stage-struckp. 91
Chapter 4 On-set Talesp. 113
Chapter 5 The Good Guys (and a Few Rascals)p. 139
Chapter 6 The Rat Packp. 181
Chapter 7 The Creative Geniusesp. 199
Chapter 8 The Producersp. 229
Postscriptp. 255
In Closing...p. 259
Acknowledgmentsp. 263
Picture Creditsp. 264
Indexp. 265