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Stories of the Gone World

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  • Phil_in_Englewood October 24, 2020, 5:42 PM

    Great story. Thanks for one more wonderful, Gerard.

  • ghostsniper October 24, 2020, 5:52 PM


  • Kevin in PA October 24, 2020, 6:13 PM

    Nice story. A reveal that Moore is/was a classy gent.
    Are there any celebrity types that would do that kind of thing today?
    They all seem so full themselves.

  • Nori October 24, 2020, 6:51 PM

    A classic English gentleman. Sir Roger played Bond with a more humorous tone than the others;I suspect it came quite naturally to him.
    What a lovely story,thanks Mr V.

  • Auntie Analogue October 25, 2020, 1:08 PM

    Another one to file under They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To.

    By the time Moore took on the Bond role the appeal of Bond films had begun to pale for me, but I shall always love his work in The Saint TV series, which I enjoyed as a teen, perhaps in some measure because it aired late, after prime time, and I was the only one of my family still awake so that I felt quite grown-up to watch the program with the lights out and only the shifting glow of the TV tube to cast the living room into a chiaroscuro that seemed to deepen each episode’s appeal.

    It wasn’t just Moore’s portrayal of Simon Templar that entertained, it was also the series’ variety of character actors who came and went, sometimes more than twice in different roles, during the series’ run that I found delightful – and not always because they were all good at their craft, but because some of them were so awful that they contributed unintentioned amusement, such as English actors putting on thick Italian, Spanish, or Greek accents, and the thoroughly English Percy Herbert doing his level best to make me believe he was a New York City mob tough guy. The series for me is a gift that keeps on giving as, from time to time, I now have lots of fun reading on IMDb the biographies of its character players.

  • John Coggeshall October 25, 2020, 5:59 PM

    G: what a delightful story—why we keep coming back, every day.

  • Kristin October 26, 2020, 6:35 AM

    Sir Roger Moore caught my attention first as Ivanhoe. He was young then and, as always, a beautiful man. He had, as always, the twinkle in his eye as Ivanhoe, Simon Templar and James Bond.
    This is a great story to tell and to hold.
    My mother was one of his greatest fans.

  • APL October 27, 2020, 11:22 AM

    All the actors made their own impression on the James Bond character and Roger Moor made James Bond very much a continuation of his earlier ‘The Saint’ series. You can watch the series just to see all the Saint extras and co-stars who would play other and similar roles in James Bond movies later. My favorite is the Saint episode “Luella” from 1964. Roger Moore stars with David Hedison – who would play Felix Leiter in Roger Moore’s first James Bond outing “Live and Let Die” (1973). Even back in 1964, the writers inserted a story line where the Saint pretends to be James Bond to get some information out of a recalcitrant matron – almost a decade before he actually becomes James Bond. Fourth wall stuff even back then.