Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 15 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|In 1989 Roger Moore took a massive change of direction and plunged into a stage musical co-starring with Michael Ball. He took voice training and rehearsed hard but pulled out four weeks before opening night. Which highly acclaimed stage musical was this?||Roger Moore
Aspects Of Love. It had been 34 years since Roger had appeared on the West End stages. As serious doubts grew within him, despite his every effort to fulfill rehearsals to an adequate standard, he requested a meeting with Andrew Lloyd Weber and announced he was leaving the show. "I had this nightmare of going to the theatre on the opening night and I had not rehearsed and nobody would let me have the script. The curtain went up and I didn't know the words".
Many pre-sold tickets were refunded proving that Roger himself had been a massive box office draw.
|In 1997 Val Kilmer starred as "The Saint" in a huge big screen version of the former TV hero. What role did Roger Moore play in this film?||Roger Moore
He was the voice of a radio announcer at the end of the film.. Robert S. Baker, the former producer of the original 'Saint' TV series, said of the film; "As a film it was reasonable but it wasn't 'The Saint'. They paid an awful lot of money for the rights, had to pay all sorts of percentages to make it work and even had to pay Roger because they'd promised him a major part. They paid him a lot of money for not appearing in it in the end."
|Roger Moore has given enormous amounts of his time to charity work. Which globally celebrated charity was he a staunch ambassador for between 1991 AND 2006?||Roger Moore
U.N.I.C.E.F.. U.N.I.C.E.F. is the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund. They help poor and suffering children across the world, campaigning for their rights, administering medicines and delivering education. Roger was inspired to enlist as an Ambassador by Audrey Hepburn who was herself a recipient of U.N.I.C.E.F. aid as a child.
Roger explained, "At the time I joined the organisation the 'Rights of the Child' was being ratified. U.N.I.C.E.F. is now in over 160 countries and 191 countries throughout the world are signatories to 'Rights of the Child' convention. And so you have to remind governments of that, and I make a nuisance myself in that respect."
Visit U.N.I.C.E.F. at www.unicef.org
|A hugely successful action film from 1978 was "Wild Geese". Roger Moore starred as a mercenary charged with rescuing a former African leader from a military dictatorship that planned to execute him. An all star cast including two other globally famous British actors who were both renowned for heavy drinking and hell raising. Which two actors do I refer to?||Roger Moore
Richard Burton and Richard Harris. The production team was very worried about alcohol affecting tight filming schedules. In actual fact neither Burton or Harris touched a drop throughout the schedule. On the contrary it was Roger who handled large quantities especially when his 50th birthday occurred in the dense confines of a jungle. Harris didn't drink because he was recently diagnosed with hypoglycaemia and was told his life was in danger. Further to that, it was written into his contract that any delay due to his drinking would lead to forfeiture of his entire fee. Burton stopped drinking at the behest of his then new wife Susan.
|After being short listed twice for the role of James Bond in 1962 and 1971 Roger Moore finally got the role he coveted in 1973. He played James Bond seven times, the last one being in 1985 at the age of 58. Which was his first 'Bond' film in 1973?||Roger Moore
Live and Let Die. Others short listed for the role were Burt Reynolds, Robert Redford, Paul Newman and Steve Mc'Queen. United Artists were keen to push an American into the role but Cubby Broccoli stood firm and insisted that the role be played by a British actor.
|When "The Saint" ended in 1969, Roger Moore became personally involved in three rather poor films before Lew Grade rang him with an offer of work he could not turn down. It pitched him as a wealthy British peer alongside an American oil tycoon, Tony Curtis, in an assortment of crime capers. What was this series called?||Roger Moore
The Persuaders. "The Persuaders" ran for 24 episodes between 1971 and 1973. Roger was reluctant to take the part as having been short listed as the first 'Bond' in 1962 and missed out, he was hopeful of taking the part following the singleton appearance of George Lazenby as 'Bond' in "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". The result was that Roger declined to sign to "The Persuaders" for a five year term but did sign a shorter term which later proved to be a shrewd move on his part. The show proved to be an international success and Roger remained free to finally take the 'Bond' role afterwards.
|"The Saint" which, alongside 'Bond', became Roger Moore's trademark role. A total of 118 episodes between 1962 and 1969 as Simon Templar. Who wrote the novels that the episodes were based on?||Roger Moore
Leslie Charteris. Leslie Charteris wrote over 100 "Saint" novels and short stories between 1928 and 1983. As the TV episodes drifted by Mr. Charteris grew more and more angry with the way his original plots were being altered. The production team politely listened to him but was not contractually obliged to accept any suggestions he made for improvement.
Roger himself directed some of the later episodes.
|By 1957 Roger Moore had married his second wife Dorothy Squires and had enjoyed modest success in M.G.M. films in America. He then returned to England to feature in a 39 episode, U.K. TV series. What was this swashbuckling series involving chain mail, sword fights and fair damsels that really launched his TV career?||Roger Moore
Ivanhoe. Roger starred alongside Andrew Keir and Robert Brown in "Ivanhoe" between 1957 and 1958. Andrew Keir would later appear with Roger in both "The Saint" and "The Persuaders".
Roger claimed "Charging about in all that armour on a horse, I felt like a member of the medieval fire brigade."
Filming the series was a painful experience for Roger. His nail was cut off during a sword fight; he cracked three ribs and was kicked by a horse. Finally he was knocked unconscious by a battleaxe.
|Immediately post war, Roger Moore supplemented his less than large theatrical income with a new, thankfully brief career. What job did he do to supplement his income?||Roger Moore
He was a male model for a knitwear company.. Michael Caine would relentlessly make fun of his good friend Roger Moore for his knitwear modelling. He would refer to him as "The Big Knit".
My father in law was among the photographers to shoot Roger in his less than flattering attire.
In 1987, aged 60, Roger appeared on Dame Edna Everidge's TV show. She took great delight in trying to embarrass him by showing viewers photographs of his knitwear modelling. Roger smiled beautifully and put her right in her place by saying, "We all have to start somewhere dear".
|Too young to fight in the 2nd World War, Roger Moore was recruited under the compulsory National Service regime at the end of the war. He saw service in Germany and Austria rising ultimately to the rank of Captain by end of service. What military entertainment service did he transfer to?||Roger Moore
C.S.E.U.. "Combined Services Entertainment Unit" (C.S.E.U.) was a hotch potch of old drama school chums and 'wannabe' entertainers of all forms.
For a little while after his National Service, Roger would wear his Captain's uniform to interviews and auditions with markedly little success.
E.N.S.A. "Entertainments National Service Association" was the fore-runner of C.S.E.U.
N.A.A.F.I. "Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes" is an organisation essentially supplying catering and stores to British servicemen and women.
R.A.C.P. "Royal Artillery Concert party" has no other existence other than for the squad assembled in the British wartime sitcom "It Ain't Half Hot Mum".
|In 1946 with three appearances under his belt Roger Moore joined a London School for actors, again with a little help from film director Brian Desmond Hurst. What was this school?||Roger Moore
R.A.D.A.. R.A.D.A. The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art has had a steady outpouring of talent since being founded in 1904. Almost every British star from any era has their roots back at this very prestigious school on Gower Street in London.
With the war still raging in Europe the school was naturally dominated by female students at the time at a ratio of 4:1. One young lady in his class was Canadian born Lois Maxwell, nee Hooker, who went on to be Miss Moneypenny in the 'Bond' films.
D.S.F.S. is my acronym for "Drama School for Future Saints". I hope that didn't catch you out.
|It was film director Brian Desmond Hurst who gave Roger Moore his first appearance opportunity on film in 1945 aged 18. He cast him as an extra in "Caesar and Cleopatra" and went on to mentor him. How does Roger explain how Hurst picked him out as a star for the future?||Roger Moore
My spear was longer and my toga shorter than the others'.. Roger was officially cast as "Spear Shaker No. 99". He still insists that the only reason Hurst supplied him with bit parts in two subsequent movies, "Perfect Strangers" (1945} and "Gaiety George" (1946) was because his spear was slightly longer than the rest and his toga that bit shorter.
Caesar and Cleopatra featured Vivienne Leigh and Stewart Grainger.
|In 1943, at the age of 16, Roger Moore secured his very first position in the film industry with "Publicity Picture Productions" in London. What did he do for this company?||Roger Moore
He worked on animations.. "P.P.P." was an animation studio. His title was that of Junior Office Clerk and he was paid the princely sum of £3.10s a week ($6.92 US). His duties involved tracing and filling in animation cells with words.
He recalls "I was probably the lowliest in the entire building."
He was fired after serving cold tea to a manager and making a mistake on a cell he was working on.
London. Roger was born 14th October 1927 in Stockwell, London. Shame upon you if you opted for his being Scottish, Welsh or Northern Irish as he is one of the most quintessential Englishmen to hit our screens and does an appalling Scottish accent.