Sir Roger Moore looks back at Bond during Floral Pavilion show

Sir Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore

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JAMES Bond legend Sir Roger Moore stops off in Wirral later this year for a look back at his career as part of a national tour.

The star - who in a career spanning more than 60 years, has appeared in cult 60s TV series The Saint and The Persuaders, several Hollywood blockbusters and played Ian Fleming's superspy for 12 years - is at the Floral Pavilion in New Brighton for An Evening With Sir Roger Moore on Sunday, October 5.

The show is hosted by Gareth Owen, who has interviewed Roger and worked with the actor on his autobiography My Word Is My Bond, Bond On Bond and Roger’s latest book: Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown – due for release this September.

In his latest collection of true stories from his stellar career, Roger lifts the lid on the movie business, from Hollywood to Pinewood.

He will also talk about his work as an ambassador for international aid charity UNICEF.

The show also includes a chance for members of the audiences to quiz the star.

Speaking to the Globe from his home in Monaco, the 86-year-old said this morning: "It's my first time in Wirral and the show will be a chance to talk about various aspects of my rather privileged life and I will also answer questions from the audience."

He joked: "Because of the affects of old age and Alzheimers' I may end up wandering all over the place, so guiding me through the show will be Gareth Owen, who has worked with me for about 15 years.

"There will be some questions I won't answer; for example, 'who was your favourite Bond Girl?'- that's only because there could be ex-Bond Girls in the audience and I wouldn't want to offend them if it wasn't them."

Rumours have over the years, suggested that the star once lived in Gayton. This is something he dismisses.

He said: "I've never been to Wirral before. In fact, people have over the years seen my white Volvo outside a house and thought I was living there. It's happened at a number of places."

He joked: "Mind you, seeing my white Volvo outside a house would probably be a warning to anyone not to move into the road."

Looking back on his career, the London-born son of a policeman said: "When I started out in films, I never thought I'd get as far as I did. I never thought about the future, just lived for the day.

"I enjoyed all of the roles; but most of them have not been very different. It’s been a privilege to have had a career in film."

Chester-born Daniel Craig, who was educated at Hilbre School in West Kirby, has played Bond for the last three films.

On Craig’s casting, Sir Roger said: "I think he’s terrific. He’s the best Bond. He looks like he could kill someone. I look like I could love somebody to death.”

On his proudest achievement, he said: "My work for UNICEF was the most important thing. It's real life, trying to make a difference.

"I know that I've been able to make a difference to people’s lives by fundraising. Our problems are pebbles by comparison to those in other countries."

On his legacy, he ended: "I don't want to be remembered, because I haven't gone anywhere. I'll hang around until the end and wait for someone else to switch the lights off."

Tickets for his show at the Floral Pavilion are from the box office on 0151 666 0000.

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