On an TV interview show recently,
you were asked to explain, as described in your own words
how your posh persona was developed, which attributed
to your early success in both the army and then acting career,
as in reality you were born in Stockwell South London from
working class roots. On the programme you did not get the
opportunity to reply fully, could you elaborate?
What I was alluding to I have sometimes spoken about
before,subsequently I have heard a few others discuss
it too. The fact of the matter is that most actors are
shy people. Creating a character on or off the stage is
Maybe come to think about it, that is the sign of an
extrovert, in any event I have always from the earliest
of ages found it difficult to wander into a restaurant on
my own. I seem over the years to have developed this person
Roger Moore who gave the outward appearance
of being urbane and moderately sophisticated, he was someone
different to the me inside, which I suppose could have been
the reason for my developing a duodenal ulcer on arrival
in Hollywood in my mid twenties.
like the series "The Persuaders", and many think
the chemistry between you and Tony Curtis sparked an on screen
success lifting impact of the series, do you feel your on
screen partnership was a good one. Also did you form to any
degree an off screen friendship with Tony, and have you met
Tony since the Persuaders?
Persuaders was a vehicle for two men with the same goal going
about achieving their objective in different modes. This in
itself is not a new idea, certainly not in film and television,
it works equally as well in comedy as drama.
It also I might add works for
a man or woman or two women ` Cagney and Lacey` being an example
of the latter, ours I hope was comedy, the come up the
hard way brash American and the laid back English
Tony and I had a good on and
off screen relationship, we are two very different people,
but we did share a sense of humor, we now live in different
parts of the world but when we find ourselves in the same
place it is more or less as if there had been no years in
Tony is a very talented actor and
has a great sense of comedy and I would love to revive Wilde
and Sinclair for just for one more appearance.
particular interesting or amusing memories whilst filming
Its amusing looking back at the bits and pieces of old
re-runs to see how the clothes seem to become a little more
outrageous with every episode and that the waistlines become
a little tighter, we were living the good life, when champagne
was called for it was no longer the old ginger ale variety,
oh no, not for us, the real stuff, Moët et Chandon, Dom
Pérignon, Veuve Cliquot, Bollinger.
our mind one of the most interesting interviews we read recently
focused mostly on your reflections that you regretted your Bond
days, but obviously the money and status was extremely good,
and you can now use this to promote UNICEF. So taken in balance
do you maintain this statement?
Of course I do not regret the Bond days, I regret that
sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their
hands, and to tell the truth I have always hated guns and
what they represent. There is nothing glamorous about death.
The saddest sight these days is the image of hundreds of
thousands of children kidnapped and lured into being child
soldiers from the age of eight. Bond was escapism, but not
meant to be imitated in real life.
We have read about Audrey Hepburn and UNICEF
but could you elaborate on when you first became interested
in UNICEF and how it evolved initially?
have spoken about this many times, Either in 1990 or 1991
Audrey asked me to co-host the Danny Kaye international
Childrens Awards from Amsterdam. She suggested that
I arrived early the day before transmission in order to
take part in a press conference. I said I did not know enough
about UNICEF to handle a press conference and she said they
would not want to talk about it they would only want to
talk about films. She was right but she would not let them,
she only wanted to talk about the plight of the Worlds Children.
It was her sincerity, her passion, her persuasiveness that
aroused my curiosity, above all it was her eloquence and
knowledge of the subject that that lead me to attending
a couple of seminars in Geneva and New York and to listening
to other UNICEF Ambassadors talk with equal passion, I had
to learn more, first hand and so I signed the dotted line
to become a Special representative and thus changed my life
to a certain extent.
the nine-year period of your active involvement as a UNICEF
Ambassador, what have been the most impacting emotionally and
satisfying projects you have been involved with?
find it almost impossible to pick out one moment more than
another, images of children suffering are all painful, be
it, dying from malnutrition, dehydration, or suffering with
horrendous burns, accidental or as a result of war, children
with missing limbs, the result of the most disgusting aftermath
of war, be it civil or otherwise, I refer to the landmines,
sometimes looking like childrens toys, is there anything
worse? The children blind through lack of vitamin A. Villages
where the entire population have suffered from a lack of one
of the essential micro-nutrients, Iodine, IDD, Iodine Deficiency
Disorders, Street Children, those poor unfortunate young people
who live and sleep on the streets, begging stealing and selling
their young no longer innocent bodies. Emotional? Yes. Then
on the other side to see smiling faces of people on witnessing
the turning on of a tap, something we all take for granted
in the developed world. To given cash and cheques after making
an appeal and telling of the suffering. The sometimes-overwhelming
generosity of human beings. To meet with the hundreds of thousands
of volunteers, who give of their time so freely, who receive
no recognition whatsoever. The workers in the field, the NGOs
Save the Children, Medicine San Frontieres, Oxfam, The Red
The Salvation Army
is endless. Yes there is satisfaction from seeing organisations
such as the Kiwanis, who are trying to help stamp out the
Iodine Deficiency Disorders, The Rotarians who are bringing
the world nearer to eliminating Polio
you not frustrated with regard to the extreme poverty, the deep
injustices and the non-sense of this world? and if so have you
seen any positive and affective moves to change the balance?
course I am frustrated with regard to extreme poverty, to
violence that never seems to cease. Greed is the key. Its
easy to sit in relative luxury and peace and pontificate
on the subject of the Third World debts. Not many of us
are willing to give up everything we have. We can however
give some, and millions of people do, governments do, but
there is so much more to be done. I have to be an optimist
and say that it might get better. I am a mixture of idealist
and realist. Teach love, generosity, good manners and some
of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who
knows, the children will be educating the parents. Lets
face it; the children who do that are the hope of tomorrow.
are an excellent actor. Are there any roles you would have liked
to play? I refer to the 1970 " The Man Who Haunted Himself
" I think it is one of your favorites?
I have no one role that I want to play, I would just
like to stay healthy long enough to take any of the work
that appeals to me, it is important for my UNICEF appearances
to keep `the name` alive.
there any advice you could give people reading this on the web
site how they could become more involved with UNICEF?
Contact the numbers that I am sure you will
receive from UNICEF regarding their local committees. Always
buy UNICEF Greeting Cards. In those countries where the Drop
Of Water campaigns exist, buy from the children selling the
Drops of Water. Look at UNICEF websites.
The saying goes, hindsight is a wonderful
thing, but on reflection on your life to date, what
do you most regret, and the opposite, what has given you the
do not have time to sit down and regret anything although
sometimes I wish I had been able to see more of my parents
while they were alive and have done more for them.
have read that your mothers favorite saying was I
cried because I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet
do you have a favorite saying?
My mother summed it all up, also often quoted was Children
should be seen and not heard they should be heard,
they should ask questions, they have their own opinions,
they also have the right though to be educated so that their
questions will be intelligent, and they also have the right
to be taught manners. Respect your elders, as I am one it
is easy to say!
regards and many thanks to Roger