Sir Roger George Moore, KBE (born 14 October 1927) is an English actor known for his suave and witty demeanour, appearing in productions not intended to be taken seriously. He may be best known for portraying two British action heroes, Simon Templar in the television series The Saint from 1962 to 1969, and James Bond in seven films from 1973 to 1985. He has been a UNICEF ambassador since 1991.
Moore was born in Stockwell, London (sometimes referred to by Moore in interviews as Saint Ockwell, in recognition of his proud, humble beginnings). The son of Lillian Pope, a housewife, and George Moore, a policeman, he attended Battersea Grammar School but was evacuated to Holsworthy, Devon during World War II where he was educated at Dr Challoner's Grammar School. He then briefly attended the University of Durham's College of the Venerable Bede. Upon turning 18, shortly after the end of the war, Moore was called up for National Service. He was commissioned as an officer and eventually became...
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Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie is a 2006 direct-to-video computer animated sequel to the 1971 Rankin-Bass TV movie, Here Comes Peter Cottontail. It was released by Classic Media. It made its television premiere on April 14, 2006 (on Cartoon Network). It includes several songs, into a pop-rock version of the original theme song by Kai.Peter Cottontail has married his sweetheart, Donna, and is still the Chief Easter Bunny of April Valley. The two have had a son, Junior, who annoys his father by making impractical and outlandish inventions instead of doing his duty as the nougat supervisor at the candy factory. After a particularly massive disaster that results in the nougat catching on fire, Peter, in an attempt to teach Junior about responsibility, assigns his son to clean the Clock of Spring.Meanwhile, January Q. Irontail, last seen having been demoted to the janitor of April Valley, approaches Jackie Frost, the queen of winter, with a proposal. Jackie wants it to be winter...,
Boat Trip is a 2003 LGBT comedy film directed by Mort Nathan.
Jerry and Nick are two best buddies whose love lives have hit rock bottom. For Jerry, he vomited all over his uptight, pretentious girlfriend Felicia on a hot air balloon trip prior to proposing to her.
After running into a friend who has married a beautiful girl way above him, the pair tries to escape their troubles and do the same by booking a trip on board a cruise ship. On the way to the travel agency, they have an encounter in the parking lot with a straight-acting gay man. Nick and Jerry walk into the agency, realizing that the man works at the agency, and resume the argument from outside. The manager (Will Ferrell) apologizes for the exchange and books their cruise personally. However, Nick and Jerry are unaware that the travel agency manager has just played a horrid trick on them in retaliation for Nick offending what appears to be his lover after they leave.
Though the cruise ship they're to board has a large...,
Spiceworld is the debut feature film of the four-time BRIT Award-winning English pop girl group Spice Girls directed by Bob Spiers and written by Kim Fuller and Jamie Curtis. It details the events leading up to their upcoming major concert at London's Royal Albert Hall, liberally interspersed with dream sequences and flashbacks as well as non sequiturs such as surreal moments and humorous asides. Released in the UK on Boxing Day, 1997 and North America on 23 January, 1998, the lighthearted comedy was made in a similar vein to The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night and featured a multitude of cameos and guest stars including Roger Moore, Elton John, Jennifer Saunders, Richard E. Grant, Michael Barrymore, Hugh Laurie and Meat Loaf.
As the movie opens, the Spice Girls are enjoying their fame, but becoming dissatisfied with the burdens of it. The sinister owner of a newspaper, Kevin McMaxford (Barry Humphries (also known as Dame Edna Everage)) is trying to ruin their reputation in order to cash...
The Saint is a 1997 film based on the character of Simon Templar created by Leslie Charteris in 1928 for a series of books published as "The Saint". Besides the book series which ran until 1983, the character was also featured in a series of Hollywood movies made between 1938 and 1954, a 1940s radio series starring Vincent Price as Templar, and a popular British television series of the 1960s which starred Roger Moore. In the 1980's there was another series with Ian Ogilvy.The film stars Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, and Rade Serbedzija. It was directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Jonathan Hensleigh and Wesley Strick.In this version, Kilmer's character does not claim to be the Simon Templar created by Charteris. He is, in fact, an orphan who chooses his name "Simon Templar": the first name from Simon Magus, and the last name from his childhood heroes, the Knights Templar. He refers to himself as Templar only during a flashback sequence at the start of the film.Simon Templar is a...,
For the 1986 Australian film starring Henry Thomas, see Frog DreamingThe Quest is a 1996 film directed by Jean-Claude Van Damme. It is based on martial arts, with a storyline similar to that of Bloodsport. It was originally penned by Frank Dux. It's a rework of a script Frank Dux wrote entitled "The Kumite", which ended Dux and Van Damme's friendship.
Van Damme plays Christopher Dubois, a 1925 New York pickpocket who must escape the city by stowing away on a boat, he is eventually found out by the crew and imprisoned by smugglers and pirates. He is rescued by a mercenary Englishman, Lord Edgar Dobbs, portrayed by Roger Moore - who then sells Dubois into slavery on a Siamese island where Dubois will be trained in Muay Thai fighting. Dobbs later assists (and to some extent exploits) Dubois, buying Dubois' freedom so the now expert fighter can represent the United States in a Kumite-like tournament called the Ghang-gheng, held in the Lost City of Tibet, where representatives of...,
The Wild Geese is a 1978 film about a group of mercenaries in Africa. It stars Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris and Hardy Krüger. The film was the result of a long-held ambition of its producer Euan Lloyd to make an all-star adventure film similar to The Guns of Navarone.The film was based on an unpublished novel titled The Thin White Line by Rhodesian author Daniel Carney. The film was re-named The Wild Geese and Carney's novel was subsequently published under that title by Corgi Books.The novel was based upon rumors and speculation following the 1968 landing of a mysterious airplane in Rhodesia, which was said to have been loaded with mercenaries and "an African President" believed to have been a dying Moise Tshombe.Allen Faulkner (Richard Burton), a British mercenary, is hired by merchant banker Sir Edward Matherson (Stewart Granger), to rescue Julius Limbani, the former leader of a central African country, who is due to be executed by the military dictator who overthrew...
A View to a Kill, released in 1985, is the 14th film in the James Bond series, and the seventh and last to star Roger Moore as the fictional British Secret Service agent James Bond. Although the title is adapted from Ian Fleming's short story "From a View to a Kill", the film is the third Bond film after The Spy Who Loved Me and Octopussy to have an entirely original screenplay. In A View to a Kill, Bond is pitted against Max Zorin, who plans to destroy California's Silicon Valley.
In the pre-title sequence, James Bond is sent to Siberia to locate 003's corpse and recover a microchip. Upon doing so, he is ambushed by Soviet troops but flees in a submarine built to resemble an iceberg. After Bond has returned to England, Q has the microchip analysed and informs M, Bond and the Minister of Defence that the its design is an exact match of a microchip made by Zorin Industries.
Bond and his superiors then visit the Ascot Racecourse to observe the company's owner, Max Zorin. While at the...
Curse of the Pink Panther is a 1983 comedy film, the eighth installment of the Pink Panther series of films started by Blake Edwards in the early 1960s.
The film was one of two produced concurrently following the death of the series' star, Peter Sellers. Whereas the previous film, Trail of the Pink Panther made use of unused footage of Sellers as Inspector Clouseau, Curse attempted to relaunch the series with a new lead, Ted Wass, as Det. Clifton Sleigh, an equally incompetent police officer assigned to find the missing Inspector Clouseau.
Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau, hailed as France's greatest detective, has disappeared and no trace can be found of him. Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus (Herbert Lom) is under pressure to set up a thorough inquiry. What the world at large does not realise is that Clouseau was a clumsy, bungling idiot whose cases were solved more through luck than actual detective work.
Since Clouseau's clumsiness drove him to a series of nervous breakdowns,...
The Cannonball Run (1981, Twentieth Century Fox) is a campy, slapstick comedy movie released in 1981 that starred Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise and Farrah Fawcett. Hal Needham was the director and had an uncredited role as an emergency medical technician. The premise is very similar to the earlier Cannonball and The Gumball Rally (both 1976). It also has two sequels, 1984's Cannonball Run II and 1989's far less well known and less successful Speed Zone! (also known as Cannonball Fever).
Reynolds and DeLuise play has-been race car driver "J.J. McClure" and his mild-mannered mechanic "Victor Prinzim" (with a superhero alter ego, "Captain Chaos") who run the Cannonball in an ambulance, a heavily modified Dodge Tradesman van which was actually used in the original running of the Cannonball. In an attempt to appear legitimate to law enforcement, Victor hires "Doctor Nikolas Van Helsing," an inebriated physician of questionable skill played by Jack Elam. They kidnap attractive...,
North Sea Hijack, also released under the alternate titles ffolkes and Assault Force, is a 1980 action film starring Roger Moore, James Mason, Anthony Perkins and Michael Parks. It was directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and adapted by Jack Davies from his novel Esther, Ruth and Jennifer. This film was a vehicle for both Moore and Perkins to try and escape typecasting.
Previously Moore had been practically typecast as a womanising, happy-go-lucky playboy in such series as The Saint, The Persuaders! and James Bond. In contrast to those parts, he is shown here as a bearded, eccentric, arrogant cat-loving misogynist. Yet he does show heroic qualities and is a master strategist.
Misogynist freelance marine counter-terrorism consultant Rufus Excalibur ffolkes (Roger Moore) is asked by Lloyd's of London to develop a contingency plan should any of the North Sea oil installations they insure be threatened.
Months later, "Esther", a North Sea supply ship, takes on board a group of men posing as...,
The Sea Wolves is a 1980 war film starring Gregory Peck, Roger Moore and David Niven. The film is based on the book Boarding Party by James Leasor, which itself is based on a real incident which took place in the Second World War. The incident involved The Calcutta Light Horse's covert attack against a German merchantship which had been transmitting Allied positions to U-boats from the Mormugao harbour in Portugal's neutral territory of Goa on 9 March 1943.During World War II, German submarines were sinking thousands of tons of British merchant shipping. British intelligence, based in India, believe information is being passed to the U-Boats by a radio transmitter hidden on board one of three German ships interned in Portuguese Goa. Since Portugal is not involved in the war, the ships are in neutral territory and can not be attacked by conventional forces. British intelligence approach a territorial unit of ageing British ex-patriates to carry out the mission on their behalf.The film...
Track listing: Moonraker (feat. Shirley Bassey) (Main Titles)Space Lazer BattleMiss Goodhead Meets BondCable Car and Snake FightBond Lured to PyramidFlight Into SpaceBond Arrives in Rio and Boat ChaseCentrifuge and Corinne Put DownBond Smells a RatMoonraker (feat. Shirley Bassey) (End Titles)
Escape to Athena is an adventure war film (with elements of comedy) made in 1979, directed by George Pan Cosmatos and produced by Lew Grade's ITC Entertainment. The international cast included many well-known actors of the 1970s.
The film is set during the Second World War on a German-occupied Greek island. It is filmed on the island of Rhodes according to the credits at the end of the film. There is a small town on the island where the Greek resistance movement is strong.
On the same island there is a POW camp. The commandant of the camp is an antiques-loving Austrian, Major Otto Hecht (Roger Moore). The prisoners, living quite a comfortable life, are doing archaeological work and the commandant is sending valuable works of art to his sister living in Switzerland.
Meanwhile, the Greek resistance movement is preparing for the landing of the Allies. The overtaking of the camp is a part of this plan. Another task is to destroy the missile launching pad (located in a monastery).
The Spy Who Loved Me, released in 1977, is the 10th film in the James Bond series and the third to star Roger Moore as MI6 agent James Bond. It was directed by Lewis Gilbert and the screenplay was written by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum. The film takes its title from the tenth novel in Ian Fleming's James Bond series. Following a request by Ian Fleming when he sold the rights to the series that only the title of the novel be used, it is the first Bond film to be written with a wholly original plot line in its screenplay. The storyline involves a reclusive megolomaniac named Stromberg who plans to destroy the world and create a new civilisation under the sea. Bond teams up with a Russian agent Anya Amasova to stop Stromberg.
The Spy Who Loved Me film was highly acclaimed by critics. The soundtrack, composed by Marvin Hamlisch also met tremendous success. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards amidst many other nominations and subsequently novelised in 1977 by...
Gold was a 1974 thriller starring Roger Moore and Susannah York and directed by Peter R. Hunt. It was based on the novel Goldmine by Wilbur Smith. Moore plays Rod Slater, General Manager of a South African gold mine, who is instructed by his boss Steyner to break through an underground dyke into what he is told is a rich seam of gold. Meanwhile he falls in love with Steyner's wife Terry, played by York.The film begins with a tunnel collapse at the Sonderditch mine, in a scene that establishes the courage of Slater and his chief miner, 'Big King', and the bond of trust between them. This is contrasted with the contempt with which some other white managers treat the black miners. It is soon revealed that the collapse was no accident, but part of a plan by a London-based criminal syndicate, which includes the mine-owner's son-in-law Manfred Steyner, to destroy the mine so that the syndicate members can profit from share-dealing. This will be done by drilling through a deep underground...
The Man with the Golden Gun, released in 1974, is the ninth film in the James Bond series, and the second to star Roger Moore as the fictional British secret agent James Bond. In the film, Bond is sent after the Solex Agitator - a device which can harness the power of the sun. He teams up with agent Mary Goodnight against Francisco Scaramanga - The Man with the Golden Gun. The action finally culminates in a duel between the two men.
The Man with the Golden Gun was the fourth and final film in the series to be directed by Guy Hamilton. The script was written by Richard Maibaum and Tom Mankiewicz. The film was set in the face of the 1973 energy crisis, a dominant theme in the script — Britain had still not yet fully overcome the crisis when the film was released on December 14 1974.
In the pre-credit sequence, the film begins at Scaramanga's secret island where his dwarf servant Nick Nack light-heartedly plans an assassination attempt on Scaramanga with a visiting gangster to the...
Interrupted Melody is a 1955 biographical film which tells the story of Australian opera singer Marjorie Lawrence's struggle with polio. The film was made by MGM, directed by Curtis Bernhardt and produced by Jack Cummings from a screenplay by Marjorie Lawrence, Sonya Levien and William Ludwig. It stars Glenn Ford, Eleanor Parker, Roger Moore and Cecil Kellaway. The singing voice of Lawrence was provided by Eileen Farrell.
It won the Academy Award for Writing Original Screenplay, and was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Eleanor Parker) and Best Costume Design, Color for Helen Rose.
The Last Time I Saw Paris is a 1954 romantic drama made by MGM, loosely based on F. Scott Fitzgerald 's short story Babylon Revisited. It was directed by Richard Brooks and produced by Jack Cummings. The screenplay was by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Richard Brooks.
The film starred Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson, with Walter Pidgeon, Donna Reed, Eva Gabor, Kurt Kasznar, George Dolenz and Roger Moore.
The film's title song "The Last Time I Saw Paris" was composed by Oscar Hammerstein II and Jerome Kern and, although the song was not written explicitly for the movie, it was featured prominently throughout the flim and can be heard in many scenes, either being sung or being played as an instrumental.
The film is currently in the public domain.
Perfect Strangers , (US title: Vacation from Marriage), is a 1945 British drama film made by London Films. It was produced and directed by Alexander Korda from a screenplay by Clemence Dane and Anthony Pelissier based on a story by Clemence Dane. The music score was by Clifton Parker and the cinematography by Georges Périnal. The film stars Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr with Glynis Johns, Ann Todd and Roland Culver. The film marks Roger Moore's uncredited debut. The story is about a timid married couple (Robert Donat and Deborah Kerr) who are separated by serving overseas in the Second World War. They are transformed through meeting other people: a nurse (Ann Todd), and an officer (Roland Culver). At the end of the war, they are reunited, but they find that they are "perfect strangers". They consider divorce, but are later reconciled. ...
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