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My Word Is My Bond: A Memoir

Roger Moore

   
                 

      

  

 

  

    

      

  

 

  

 

 

Publisher:
Collins

Release Date:
November 4, 2008

Genres:
Autobiography
Nonfiction

ISBN:
Print
9780061673887
Kindle
No ISBN

Bookmark Rating:
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Reviewed by
Jennifer Ray

Review Posted:
November 2008

 

Sir Roger Moore has enjoyed a long-lived career as an actor, but is best known for his role as James Bond in the popular motion pictures.  He ruminates on his childhood and his adulthood in his new autobiography.

I really expected to enjoy Sir Roger Mooreís autobiography.  I have a penchant for celebrity biographies, especially when penned themselves, and thought that the life of a James Bond actor would be fascinating.

I never made it past the first one hundred pages.  Even reading the first third of the book was painful to me.  I couldnít read further.  So this review is based on what I did read.

The way it is written, the actor comes off as a self-aggrandizing bore who believes himself somewhat humble.  Reading the story of his childhood and early adulthood in his own words painted the picture of a person I just couldnít like and by the time I reached page 100, I just didnít care to know any more.

His childhood is full of trips to the hospital for various illnesses and injuries, alongside stories of adulthoods who didnít like him much.  The only adults that seemed to like the child were his own parents and one other family.  Everyone else seemed completely put off by him.  Perhaps this fact fed my own ambivalence towards him.

Beyond the lack of likability, I struggled to follow the writerís train of thought as he threw in random stories about other people that seemed to me barely relevant to the story at hand.  This had the effect of throwing me out of the story trying to figure out why he put that particular story in the book, preventing me from being able to immerse myself in the tales.

It is rare that I read a book I donít enjoy to some extent.  I am pretty good at choosing books that I will enjoy, so my book reviews are typically 4 or 5 stars, with an occasional 3.  It is even more rare that I canít finish a book.  In the last 4 or 5 years, I think MY WORD IS MY BOND is only the second book I had to put down without finishing it.  Because of my issues with the story, I just canít rate it with more than 1 star.

 

 

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