GERAINT Jones spoke to TV and movie legend Sir Roger Moore, whose new theatre tour is on its way to Llandudno.
An Evening with Sir Roger Moore comes to Venue Cymru on Tuesday, October 7, where biographer Gareth Owen will chat with the genial star about his life and showbiz career.
The former Bond was a delight to interview, so I reckon his fans are in for a treat if they book a ticket to see his new show.
Have you been to north Wales before?
I was in Bangor while we were doing battle training during my National Service.
We drove around Snowdonia and stayed for a couple of days around there.
It’s a beautiful part of the country.
Last year I came with my assistant and my wife to Llandudno, and I remember we had a wonderful lunch at the Paysanne restaurant in Deganwy.
Is your tour, even though it’s an interview format, still a performance to some degree?
Someone asked me why I do it and I said because even though I don’t have lines to learn, which terrifies the life of me now, it the same thing: standing in the wings, waiting to hear the bell go and hearing the audiences sounds starting, the lights fading and the swish of the curtain going up - you take that deep breath and your on.
I suppose that, unlike film, you get an immediate response with theatre audiences...
Yes, “get off!” (laughs).
Did you try to make your James Bond different to the previous ones?
I’ve made so many television series like The Saint and The Persuaders and Maverick - I play ‘em all the same, it’s always me! (laughs).
I’d love to be able to act. What I do is just so easy.
I’ve never had many lines to say as Bond, apart from “My name is Bond, James Bond.”
The one thing Guy Hamilton, who directed the first couple of films I did, was trying to avoid me saying anything that would be directly associated with Sean’s interpretation.
For example, I never order a Martini, shaken not stirred.
The only thing that worried me was that I might come out with (adopts Scottish accent) “My namesh Bond, Jamesh Bond” (laughs).
But otherwise it all went well.
You’re known as a practical joker. Do any particular jokes you’ve played spring to mind?
Poor Desmond Llewellyn, who played Q.
He always had the most impossible dialogue to say, and would get the script about a month before and endeavour to get all these terrible words in his mind.
I’d come in and have a new script typed up, get the director to hand it to him and he’d try to learn it very quickly.
When he started to speak I’d start sniggering and you'd see this wonderful look coming into his eyes “Oh my God, this bastard actor!
He’s laugh at me and I’m stuggling here.”
Then he'd cotton on. It was fun - he was a lovely man.
You've also become known in recent years for your work with the children's charity UNICEF. How did you become involved with the charity?
When Audrey Hepburn approached me about doing something for UNICEF, I thought it was something I could tackle and be of some use.
That was it, It was Audrey Hepburn that introduced me to it and I've never regretted one second.
Show time for An Evening with Sir Roger Moore is 7.30pm.
Tickets are £22.50 and £20.
For more information, visit www.venuecymru.co.uk.