The outpouring of affection towards Roger Moore following his death last week at the age of 89 has seen some lovely stories doing the rounds. And now Pierce Brosnan has added a few warm words too in a lovely written tribute, revealing that Moore is the only actor whose autograph he ever asked for, back when he was 12 years old.
Brosnan told Variety that Moore later came to visit him on the set of his first 007 movie, GoldenEye. Moore stopped by to wish Brosnan well in the role, with the latter writing, “I was still in awe of the man.”
“Many years later I was a working actor with a wife and children, and Roger and his Bond came to save the day. My late wife, Cassie, and our family were living in Wimbledon. I had just finished a yearlong run in the West End with a production of Philomena directed by Franco Zeffirelli. And then nothing — no work,” Brosnan recalled.
“One day, Cassie got an audition for a James Bond movie called For Your Eyes Only, and bingo, we were off to the races once more. The film shot in Corfu. Cassie played Lisl von Schlaf — not a great name, but what a great time. By then Roger was the man — the world was at his feet. He was most gracious to the children and myself.”
Brosnan continued, “We fell in love with a magnificent actor. Never forgetting the audience, never letting the begrudgers in, Sir Roger enthralled the world for many years as Bond. Sir Roger played it to the end with impeccable good manners and a wicked sense of irony that was born of years upon the stage. He saved our world, for heaven’s sake, with his movies as James Bond.”