REVIEW: An Evening With Sir Roger Moore Grand Theatre, Blackpool

An Evening with Roger Moore will take place at the Grand Theatre
An Evening with Roger Moore will take place at the Grand Theatre
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During an audience Q&A Sir Roger Moore said the greatest achievement of his entire life was... coming to Blackpool.

Praise indeed.

But perhaps this was less the truth and more an example of Moore’s self-deprecating and wry style which has helped cement him as a national institution.

There is no denying the 88-year-old’s one-night visit to the Grand Theatre was a treat for his fans, but it wasn’t his greatest achievement, enthralling though it was.

His list of achievements, from 60 odd years in the business, is long indeed - James Bond, The Saint... anything but Bullseye - and Moore’s great poise and presence allowed him to recount his long story with modesty and comic timing.

He’s aware that some don’t rate him as a great technical actor - and at times he played up to that on the stage, which he shared with his biographer and interviewer on the night Gareth Owen.

The busy theatre was captivated and amused as he recounted risqué stories from his years living in actors’ digs and the rather sleazy personal habits of one of his Bond co-stars.

At times some may have struggled to hear him, especially in the circle, but the good will was still obvious.

Moore told the theatre that The Man Who Haunted Himself, in which his acclaimed performance now has a cult following, was the only film in which he was really allowed to act, and listening to his anecdotes, I couldn’t help wondering whether Moore wished he had done more serious acting over the years and less playing himself. Less of the raised eyebrow.

Then again Roger Moore is an icon regardless of the bad reviews, and that, surely, is his greatest achievement.

JAMES READER