At the ripe young age of 87, Sir Roger Moore’s wit is still as dry as the martinis he drank for 12 years in his classic James Bond films – and his ambition’s still as strong.
Since his last turn as Agent 007 in 1985’s ‘A View to a Kill,’ Roger hasn’t slowed down, appearing in more than 15 films and working as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. The devoted father-of-three – and grandfather-of-five! – also completed his fourth book, ‘One Lucky Bastard,’ which is filled with juicy stories about his famous friends.
And while a 1993 prostate cancer scare left the actor shaken, the experience stirred his heart, eventually leading him to marry his fourth wife, Kristina, in 2002. “I was faced with the fact that I was not immortal,” Roger admits to ‘Closer,’ adding that Kristina, 72, has helped him survive diabetes and a stroke, “I realized that I wanted to make a change in life and wanted to be completely happy.”
Roger and his wife, Kristina, in Feb. 2014. (Photo Credit Getty)
You have three children [Deborah, 51, Geoffrey, 48, and Christian, 41]. Tell me about the importance in your life of being a father.
I’m 50 percent responsible for three brilliant children and incredibly proud of them and my grandchildren. They’re all hard workers and are kind to old English actors.
How did you meet your wife, Kristina?
It took a while to happen. We played a lot of tennis together and we always played doubles.
You have so many famous friends. Have you ever been starstruck?
Well, I was always a little in awe of Frank Sinatra. After I had a brief encounter with him, Mia Farrow – who he’d just married – told me they watched ‘The Saint’ while they were in bed. It was the same meeting Gregory Peck for the first time. I’d wonder, why the hell are they talking to me? Is it my wit? Is it my charm? Do they think I’ll lend them money?
Are you looking forward to turning 90?
I look forward to every birthday and just hope I make it! It’s too much fun here to consider going anywhere else.