According to The Independent, shortly before his death Moore sent a manuscript for a fourth book to his publisher.
Moore writes in a droll, anecdotal manner similar to the authorial style of his old friend, David Niven, who penned the bestselling memoirs The Moon's a Balloon (1971) and Bring on the Empty Horses (1975).
In My Word is My Bond Moore offers a full life story beginning with his lower-middle class London childhood and ending with his volunteer work for UNICEF. In between, of course, is the acting career that started when he was still a teenager and cast as an extra in the British produced film Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) starring Vivien Leigh and Claude Rains. The first half of the book has lots of name dropping, especially those of long bygone British stars. Following the trajectory of Moore's career, his twelve-year stint as James Bond isn't addressed until the second half of the book.
Though Moore's reminiscences in both of these books make for breezy, often amusing reading, greater introspection might have made for more compelling narratives. Moore seems to have taken in stride his rise from son of a London policeman to wealthy movie star. His often messy private life comes across as a series of events mostly beyond his control. As to why he was chosen to take over the Bond role, he offers no particular reason.
In the 1950s, Moore was a contract player at MGM and made his first Hollywood screen appearance in The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954), as a dashing tennis player tempting an unhappily married Elizabeth Taylor. After being dropped by MGM, Moore was signed by Warner Bros which used him mostly in its television division. He had lead roles in two failed series, Ivanhoe (1958) and The Alaskans (1959). Dropped by Warners, Moore returned to England and found success in a television version of The Saint, about a debonair thief who leaves a calling card depicting a stick figure with a halo. The Saint was tired material. George Sanders starred in a B movie series as The Saint in the early 1940s and several actors, including Vincent Price, had played The Saint on radio in the U.S. and Britain. Moore, however, had sufficient charisma to make the character seem fresh. The Saint premiered in 1962 (the same year the big screen Bond franchise began with Sean Connery in Dr. No) and lasted until 1969. It was popular around the world, even in the U.S. where foreign-made TV programs rarely got airtime.
|Moore with Bond on Bond , 2012.|
|Moore with Elizabeth Taylor in The Last Time I|
Saw Paris (1954), his first Hollywood film.
By mutual agreement with the Bond series producer, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli, Moore stepped down as Bond in 1985. At age fifty-eight, he was too old to convincingly go on in the part. "There are only so many stunts an aging actor can tackle, and only so many young girls he can kiss without looking like a perverted grandfather," Moore writes in Bond on Bond.
Moore is also the author of a much earlier and now out of print paperback, Roger Moore's James Bond Diary (1973), a behind the scenes account of making his first Bond film, Live and Let Die, that is written in the same casual style of his later books.