Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown

Posted: December 1, 2014 in Book reviews
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By Roger Moore.
Sir Roger Moore is most famous for playing James Bond in film and The Saint on TV but in a career that began in the 1950s he’s worked on hundreds of films and TV shows, and worked with a whole host of famous, and not so famous, names, and in this follow up to his autobiography (which I haven’t read yet but which I hope to at some point) he regales the reader with myriad tales culled from his decades in the business.
This is not really an autobiography as such, there is no real narrative. Although the book is structured into sections, these are not chronological and simply allow Moore to discuss different topics (for example; Leading Ladies, The Rat Pack, Producers etc.) so for the most part what you get is a series of interconnected (sometimes rather loosely interconnected it has to be said) anecdotes about actors, actresses, singers, directors, writers, producers, stuntmen and even royalty.
This could have been a mess, but Moore is such a wonderful raconteur, and he’s had such a long career, that it’s almost impossible not to find many of his anecdotes intriguing, and there’s interesting things to be found here for any fan of show business, whether you want to hear stories of the Carry On Gang or Frank Sinatra, Roger Moore seems to have worked with, or at least met, pretty much everyone in the business over the years.
The lack of an actual narrative is a weakness, and at times Moore does go off on strange tangents and often segues into recounting second-hand tales and gossip rather than things he actually witnessed, which does feel like he’s padding the book out a bit, but he (or perhaps his ghost-writer) is an amusing and self-deprecating writer and you easily forgive such diversions when there’s so many interesting anecdotes.
Whether you’re a fan of Roger Moore, or just of moves in general, this is a fun, if slightly flimsy, read.

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Comments
  1. Mim says:

    I’d be tempted to read this. Roger Moore might not have been the greatest Bond, but he’s the one I’d want to go for dinner and cocktails with!

    • starkers70 says:

      Yeah if I wanted to go for a beer with any Bond it would be Rog or Pierce. I suspect Connery would be annoying and much as I like Daniel Craig’s portrayal I never get the feeling he’s a fun guy. Lazenby is, I beleive a bit of a dick. That leaves Dalton who is my favourite Bond, but I suspect that might be a bit intense!

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