Sir Roger Moore

A profile of the actor Sir Roger Moore
Sir Roger George Moore (CBE) was born on October 14 1927 in Stockwell, south London, the son of a policeman. Roger's intention was to become a painter and at the age of 15 attended art school and after graduating he worked in an animation studio. Roger's acting debut was as an extra in the mid-1940's and following this early experience he enrolled at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). He may be most famous for playing secret agent James Bond, alongside beauties like Britt Ekland and Jane Seymour, but his television career is equally remarkable.

Roger appeared on the West-End Stage in several plays before his National Service with the British Army. Whilst in the army, Roger served with a Combined Services Entertainment Unit in Germany, with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. After he had finished his National Service, Roger again worked in the theatre, but also on television and radio, he also worked for a time as a model and as a salesman.

In 1953 Roger Moore left the UK and went to the United States, where he got a movie contract with MGM, and made several films playing supporting roles. After his contract with MGM ended, Roger then moved to Warner Brothers where he again made several films including The Sins of Rachel Cade.

Late in 1956 Roger signed with Columbia Pictures and in early 1957 he started shooting the television series Ivanhoe, a Screen Gems/Sydney Box co-production (Screen Gems was the television arm of Columbia). Ivanhoe is set in 12th century England and is based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott, Roger plays the lead as Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe. The interior scenes for Ivanhoe were shot at Elstree Studios in England, but because of the inclement winter weather in the UK at the the time, the exterior scenes were shot at the Columbia Ranch in California. Later in the filming schedule, the shoot returned to the UK with exteriors shot at Beaconsfield Studios in England, and the exterior scenes were filmed in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Ivanhoe first aired in the UK on Independent Television (ITV) in 1958 and ran for 39 episodes.

Roger returned to the United States in the late 1950s to star as Silky Harris in The Alaskans (1958-1960). Roger also stars as Beauregard Maverick in the western series Maverick (1960-1962).
After Maverick, Roger Moore returned to the big-screen and made three films for Warner Brothers, one of these films is the western Gold for Seven Sinners (1961).

The ITC/ATV series The Saint is Roger's next role and in this series he stars as Simon Templar-The Saint, which was made in the UK and its original run was from 1962 until 1969. The Saint is based on the character created by Leslie Charteris in the 1920s.

The Saint had a run of 118 x 60 minute episodes in total, the first 71 in monochrome, and then 47 episodes in colour. Roger Moore directed some of the episodes himself, he also formed a production company, Bamore Film Productions Limited with Robert S. Baker (Producer of series), to make the show in colour from 1966. Bamore, which was incorporated on January 4 1966 is now listed as dissolved.

Roger Moore has a co-starring role as Lord Brett Sinclair in the action/adventure series, The Persuaders, which ran from 1971 until 1972. Roger's co-star in the series, Tony Curtis is Danny Wilde. Lew Grade's Incorporated Television Company (ITC) made the series of 24 x 60 minute episodes. The location filming for the series took place in Italy, the south of France and England. All the interior scenes were shot at Pinewood Studios in England.

This from Roger Moore's official website: Question to Roger: "What was your most embarrassing moment?" Roger's answer: "At the press conference announcing The Saint, Lew Grade proclaimed a "great series of one hour shows". I'd agreed the fee on the basis it was 30 minutes not 60. Oops." See an early interview with Roger Moore here.

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