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Friday 18 April 2014

Moore: I was typecast as a hero

Sir Roger Moore wanted to avoid 'hero' roles after Bond

Sir Roger Moore has revealed he felt playing James Bond left him typecast as a hero.

The 85-year-old actor, who starred in seven 007 movies between 1973 and 1985, has no regrets about playing the suave, sophisticated spy, but has since found himself offered many roles he just wasn't interested in.

Sir Roger explained: "I was typecast as a straight leading man and the hero. That's my acting, because a hero I am not.

"I didn't try to free myself from the Bond ties, but I just didn't like some of the things that I was offered. I'd had enough whizz bangs, being blown up and looking terribly brave."

Having played an action hero for years, The Saint star is reluctant to slow down, although he admits his knees are not what they used to be.

Sir Roger confessed: "I couldn't run for a bus, not that I have to catch buses. I have a free bus pass which I haven't used yet."

:: Bond On Bond by Roger Moore is published by Michael O'Mara, priced £25. Available now.

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