Just days before his 80th birthday, Sir Roger Moore has announced that he will be writing his autobiography.
The book will be ghostwritten by Gareth Owen, Sir Roger’s personal assistant and author of film books including The Pinewood Story. He said: ‘Turning 80 is a milestone, a time to reflect. It’ll be a frank and fun book, but he’s not interested in digging the dirt.’
In a note circulated to publishers today, Sir Roger said:
Over the years it has been suggested, many times, that I should sit down and write my memoirs.
I never thought it would actually be of any interest, and so with that thought and a full workload I always had an excuse to politely decline!
However, my wife and children constantly say, in response to stories or anecdotes I share over the dinner table, that I should definitely write them down. Perhaps they’re afraid that the onset of old age will cause me to forget them? Or perhaps, more correctly, they are right in reminding me that I have known so many wonderful people, and experienced so many joys and good fortune in my life that I should share the tales. They assure me that people will be interested.
I’m not looking to dish dirt or recycle sleaze stories, goodness knows there is enough of that in the world; but rather I would like to write a warm, amusing, and maybe even slightly emotional volume that tells my story; corrects some of the inaccuracies previously reported; offers an insight into the world of a jobbing actor and retired 007; and reflects my love of life. I may even be able inspire others to look at themselves, as I did in 1991 when I became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and realise that giving is far more rewarding, and helping those less fortunate is by far the most special thing you can do.
I think it will be fun. I’m looking forward to it. And remember, My Word Is My Bond…
Sir Roger Moore KBE
The Book Standard reports that the biography currently has the working title My Word is My Bond and agent Lesley Pollinger is rumoured to be opening the Frankfurt bidding at £1 million for world rights.
The former James Bond actor will also be receiving his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame tomorrow at 11:30 AM. Located at 7007 Hollywood Blvd., Moore’s star will be the 2,350th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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