Tag Archives: Roger Moore

Lewis Gilbert 1920–2018

A hopelessly chopped up interview, but this is a talk with Lewis Gilbert, the director behind The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Roger Moore’s finest effort as James Bond. It was also one of Gilbert’s best films. We lost him last week at the age of 97. Born in Hackney, London, Lewis Gilbert grew up behind … Continue reading Lewis Gilbert 1920–2018

The Best of Tony Curtis

In the clip above, an interview with Michael Parkinson that Tony Curtis did in 1978, the Hollywood star talks about how he adapted to Tinseltown when he first got there. Anyone who’s read “American Prince”, Curtis’s autobiography from 2008 (published two years before his death), knows what he’s talking about. Curtis spends a lot of … Continue reading The Best of Tony Curtis

Highlights from 88 Years of Oscars

The Oscars are on tonight, with Chris Rock as host. It’s the 88th annual event since the first Academy Awards were handed out in 1929. The “show” looked decidedly different then – it was in fact a dinner, the ceremony itself took 15 minutes and the awards had already been announced three weeks earlier. There … Continue reading Highlights from 88 Years of Oscars

The Saint

CUNNING. DEVIOUS. DANGEROUS. TREACHEROUS.  Professional thief Simon Templar (Val Kilmer) is hired by a Russian oligarch (Rade Serbedzija) to steal a cold fusion formula, but falls in love with the chemist (Elisabeth Shue) who discovered it. This big-screen adaptation of Leslie Charteris’s character strays from the 1962-1969 TV series starring Roger Moore, but could have … Continue reading The Saint

San Francisco in Films and on TV

Every time I vacation in a major city I feel a need to buy a book that tries to capture either its soul or history. If I’m fortunate, the book does both. When I was in San Francisco last fall, I bought “A Crack in the Edge of the World” by Simon Winchester. I expected this … Continue reading San Francisco in Films and on TV

The Wild Geese

THE DOGS OF WAR. THE BEST DAMNED MERCENARIES IN THE BUSINESS! A group of retired mercenaries led by Major Faulkner (Richard Burton) are hired to liberate an African opposition leader who could bring freedom to his people. An action movie with few surprises; how many flicks are there where soldiers are betrayed by their government … Continue reading The Wild Geese

A View to a Kill

HAS JAMES BOND FINALLY MET HIS MATCH? James Bond (Roger Moore) realizes that an American industrialist (Christopher Walken) plans to destroy Silicon Valley in order to gain control of the world’s microchip market. Bond flick nr. 14 is fun to watch but it is also one of the series’ silliest. Tanya Roberts is hopeless as the … Continue reading A View to a Kill

For Your Eyes Only

NO ONE COMES CLOSE TO JAMES BOND 007. A spy ship containing a communications device critical to British intelligence sinks off the coast of Albania; James Bond (Roger Moore) must retrieve it before theKGB does. The twelfth Bond flick abandons the madness of Moonraker (1979) and returns to the simpler, more exciting concept of the first films in the … Continue reading For Your Eyes Only

The Spy Who Loved Me: Baby, You’re the Best

IT’S THE BIGGEST. IT’S THE BEST. IT’S BOND. AND B-E-Y-O-N-D! There are many reasons why this tenth chapter is my favorite of the James Bond movies, along with Goldfinger (1964). One of them could be that Roger Moore was the first actor I ever saw portray Bond (I’m too young to have experienced Sean Connery at the … Continue reading The Spy Who Loved Me: Baby, You’re the Best

The Man With the Golden Gun

THE WORLD’S GREATEST VILLAINS HAVE TRIED TO KILL JAMES BOND. NOW IT’S SCARAMANGA’S TURN TO TRY! James Bond (Roger Moore) learns that Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), the world’s greatest hit man, has been paid to assassinate him; Bond goes after this man who kills with a golden gun. The ninth film in the series brings back the … Continue reading The Man With the Golden Gun