Book Review: Roger Moore's LAST MAN STANDING: TALES FROM TINSELTOWN - Movies In Focus
Celebrity raconteurs are few and far between today. The skill of telling a story and captivating listeners is a lost art. There was a time when actors and musicians did the chat show circuit, regaling the audience with wonderful tales and tantalising yarns. That rarely happens today and you’re more likely to get a well rehearsed soundbite or monosyllabic mumble than witty banter or a snappy one liner. Roger Moore may be one of the last great storytellers from the Hollywood of yesteryear. The former James Bond’s latest memoir, Last Man Standing: Tales From Tinseltown is a glorious tome filled with style, humour and a touch of melancholy. Moore looks back on friends and co-stars, dishing the dirt on some of Hollywood’s legendary characters, while also telling a few candid tales about what the A-list got up to in a time before camera phones and social media. Moore’s martini-dry wit and self-deprecating humour lace the book with a style that few modern celebrity memoirs could even muster. This isn’t an autobiography (Moore discussed his life in My Word Is My Bond), nor an overview of the James Bond series (he told that tale on Bond On Bond). This is simply a scattershot [...]