Thursday 22 February 2018

Biographer claims David Bowie hid under a table to avoid 'annoying' visits from Roger Moore

David Bowie
David Bowie
David Bowie died aged 69
David Bowie on stage in 2003 (Andy Butterton/PA)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

David Bowie and Roger Moore's friendship came to an end in the late 70s when the Bond star's daily visits became too annoying, according to a Bowie biographer.

Dylan Jones makes the claim in David Bowie: A Life after Hollywood screenwriter and author Hanif Kureiski made the revelation about the stars' friendship to Jones.

“One of the weirdest people to be in Bowie’s orbit was Roger Moore," Jones told The Telegraph. 

"Kureishi told me this story, that when David Bowie moved to Switzerland at the end of the Seventies to escape tax and drug dealers, he didn’t know anybody there. He was in this huge house on the outskirts of Geneva – he knew nobody.

Roger Moore as James Bond
Roger Moore as James Bond

"One day, about half past five in the afternoon, there’s a knock on the door, and there he was: ‘Hello, David.’ Roger Moore comes in, and they had a cup of tea. He stays for drinks, and then dinner, and tells lots of stories about the James Bond films. They had a fantastic time - a brilliant night.

"But then, the next day, at 5.30… Knock, knock, it’s Roger Moore. He invites himself in again, and sits down: ‘Yeah, I’ll have a gin and tonic, David.’ He tells the same stories – but they’re slightly less entertaining the second time around.

David Bowie performing at Slane Castle in 1987
David Bowie performing at Slane Castle in 1987

"After two weeks [of Moore turning up] at 5.25pm – literally every day – David Bowie could be found underneath the kitchen table pretending not to be in.”

Many years later, in 1985, Bowie was offered the part of the villain in A View to a Kill, starring Moore.  He turned the part down.

David Bowie died in January last year while Moore passed away earlier this year.  Bowie was 69 while Moore was 89.

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