November 4, 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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