One Lucky Bastard: Tales from Tinseltown

One Lucky Bastard: Tales from Tinseltown

by Roger Moore

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In a career that spans over seven decades, Roger Moore has been at the very heart of Hollywood. Of course, he’s an actor and has starred in films that have made him famous the world over; but he’s also a tremendous prankster, joker and raconteur. Despite the fact that he is well known as one of the nicest guys in the business, on and off the screen he has always been up for some fun.


In this fabulous collection of true stories from his stellar career, Moore lifts the lid on the movie business, from Hollywood to Pinewood.  One Lucky Bastard features outrageous tales from his own life and career as well as those told to him by a host of stars and filmmakers including, Tony Curtis, Sean Connery, Michael Caine, David Niven, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, John Mills, Peter Sellers, Michael Winner, Cubby Broccoli, and many more. Wonderfully entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny, these extraordinary tales from the world of the movies is vintage Moore at his very best.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493015580
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
File size: 23 MB
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About the Author

Sir Roger Moore is best known for portraying British secret agent James Bond in seven films between 1973 and 1985 and for his role as Simon Templar in the long-running British television series The Saint. Born in London in 1927, he became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

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On lunch at the commissary at Pinewood Studios:


 “Prior to the lunch break each day, one of the carpenters or electricians would usually go down to the canteen to get a copy of the typed menu for the day, bring it back to the set for the crew to place their orders. On one particular day, an electrician produced the menu which offered: fried Spam and chips; cold Spam and salad, Rissoles and a couple of other items ... only the “R” on the old typewriter wasn’t working correctly and instead printed as a “P”.

“OK then,” said the spark to the formidable canteen manageress. “We’ll have three Spam and chips, four Pissoles and chips ...”

“What did you say?” she snapped.

“Four Pissholes ...”

“That is an R, an R – did you hear me?”

“Oh, sorry,” he replied and without missing a beat continued with, “We’ll have three Spam and chips and four R-soles and chips, please.”  



Table of Contents

Foreword 7

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 The Fun-and Feisty-Leading Ladies 17

Chapter 2 The Pinewood Years 47

Chapter 3 Stage-struck 91

Chapter 4 On-set Tales 113

Chapter 5 The Good Guys (and a Few Rascals) 139

Chapter 6 The Rat Pack 181

Chapter 7 The Creative Geniuses 199

Chapter 8 The Producers 229

Postscript 255

In Closing… 259

Acknowledgments 263

Picture Credits 264

Index 265

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