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Tony Curtis in Some Like It Hot w Marilyn Monroe Give advice about the craft of acting? was many years later that Curtis revealed that there was a real relationship between them. Curtis played the American millionaire who teams up with Roger Moore's elegant Brit aristocrat: they form a daredevil duo. Sir Roger Moore has led tributes to Tony Curtis, who has died at 85, calling him " a hell of a good actor". became cult viewing because of the tensions between Tony Curtis and Roger Moore. So from that day on we had the best relationship.
At last the director arrived, leant over and hissed: He was extremely beautiful as a young man, a quality most famously deployed on screen in his legendary "bathing" sequence with Laurence Olivierplaying the manipulative Roman senator in Stanley Kubrick's Spartacus Playing the comely bath-attendant slave Antoninus, Curtis is asked in what appears to be coded language by the lascivious Olivier if he might not prefer "snails" to "oysters".
As a young actor, Curtis probably had a strong following in both the snail and oyster demographic. It was his charm and a certain imcomparable roguishness which meant that his greatest roles were in comedy — and probably the greatest was in Billy Wilder's Some Like It Hotplaying the penniless young jazz musician who, with Jack Lemmon, has to disguise himself as a woman to escape the Mob; hiding in an all-girls' band he falls helplessly for Marilyn Monroe, who herself, for different reasons, thinks of herself as an impostor.
There was a fascinating charge between Curtis and Monroe, and it was many years later that Curtis revealed that there was a real relationship between them. Something in the chaotic thwartedness of his character's adoration for Monroe brought out the comic charm of his personality, which remained ineffably boyish.
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When he did his famous improvised impression of Cary Grant in that picture, he seemed to be impersonating a grownup. Part of Curtis's secret for beguiling audiences was that tiny hint of Peter Pan — albeit a wised-up, street-smart Peter Pan who knew all the angles. There were darker sides to Curtis, too. As the Boston Strangler inhe was able to bring something more sinister to his cherubic, but now ageing, look. More importantly, he was the cringing, and faintly desperate press agent Sidney Falco in The Sweet Smell Of Successwho adopts a masochistic, self-hatingly subordinate position to the bullying, syndicated columnist JJ Hunsecker, played by Burt Lancaster.
Again, Curtis was callow and youthful but brought a depth and intensity to the role, which showed the excellence of his craft, his superb sense of timing and dialogue, and his innate movie star's sixth-sense of how and where to play to the camera. He has a number of favourites from his own era in the James Bond franchise. His favourite gadget is the magnetic watch from Live and Let Die He has stated more or less that anything from A View to a Kill is his least favourite.
He had to learn to walk again after a severe bout of pneumonia in He became available when the shooting of the Bond film was delayed. However, Horrocks had approval over the casting and turned Moore down. The role instead went to Edward Fox. Urquhart in A Bridge Too Far In an episode of The Persuaders! Three of the visible titles are Bond movies that Roger Moore would later portray the famous spy.
He named the lowbrow sitcom Married with Children as a guilty pleasure, and was a friend of star Katey Sagal 's father, director Boris Sagal. He was the oldest actor to play Bond in the official EON canon and the first to pass away.
His death was announced on the day following the terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena in England which killed 22 people and injured 59, therefore overshadowing the death of the British screen legend in the news coverage. When he secured the role of James Bond, Moore was living in a house in Denham, South Buckinghamshire, which had the prophetic telephone number of He was the first English actor to play James Bond on film. The second was Daniel Craig. Upon his death British satirical magazine Private Eye honoured him with an uncharacteristically warm cartoon tribute.
It featured a dinner suited figure with a halo appearing at the gates of heaven and St Peter declaring 'We've been expecting you Mr Moore'. He revealed in that he had been treated for skin cancer several times. Had a notorious sweet tooth and suffered from diabetes in later life. In his autobiography he recalls his delight at discovering the existence of specially made chocolate for diabetics and his subsequent consternation at discovering that when eaten in large amounts it also served as a laxative.
Began wearing a small hairpiece at the back of his head in the s. His mother was born in army barracks in India. He named The Quest as his least favourite of his own films due to the disorganized production and dislike of Jean-Claude Van Damme and producer Moshe Diamant. He had a series of childhood diseases, including chickenpox, measles, mumps, double pneumonia and jaundice. He had an infection of his foreskin at the age of eight and underwent a circumcision, and had his appendix, tonsils, and adenoids removed.
He filmed his cameo in Spice World in a day. He was considered for the titular Jackal in The Day of the Jackalbut Fred Zinnemann refused Moore as he was too famous an actor. He was considered for the role of Leonard Vole in Witness for the Prosecution He was offered Michael Caine 's role in Victory He was considered for the role of Blackthorne in Shogun He missed out on being James Bond earlier because of television commitments.
He became a tax exile from the United Kingdom inoriginally to Switzerland, and divided his year between his three homes: He was a long-term sufferer of kidney stones and needed to be hospitalised during the making of Live and Let Die and again while filming Moonraker Inhe was named one of GQ's 50 best-dressed British men.
His Bond never ordered his own Vodka Martini, it was other characters in the films that ordered it on his behalf. She would have fallen some 29 feet if he hadn't grabbed her hair to stop her. A deciding factor in him agreeing to take on the role of Bond was when he asked his son who he preferred - James Bond or Daddy.
Jis son replied 'Don't be silly Daddy, James Bond of course. Personal Quotes 91 Over the last year I've rather enjoyed making documentaries for a company called Associated Television, run by a man called David Mackenzie. And we shot a couple in Russia, one in Moscow and one in St. To me, the Bond situations are so ridiculous, so outrageous.
I mean, this man is supposed to be a spy and yet, everybody knows he's a spy. Every bartender in the world offers him martinis that are shaken, not stirred.
What kind of serious spy is recognized everywhere he goes? So you have to treat the humor outrageously as well. My personality is entirely different than previous Bonds. I'm not that cold-blooded killer type. Which is why I play it mostly for laughs. I must tell you the truth - I have not seen them, and for a very good reason. Knowing that I would get asked questions like that, I'm always desperately honest. If I didn't like the performance, I don't know how I would answer.
I do know Timothy, and he is a very, very pleasant chap and a good actor. It's a load of nonsense. How can you be a spy when any bar you walk into, the bartender says, "Ah, Mr Bond. My personality is entirely different than his. I can't play the cold-blooded killer that Sean can do so well, which is why I play it for laughs.
I played every role tongue-in-cheek because I don't really believe in that sort of hero. I don't like guns. I'm delighted to hear that Daniel Craig has been appointed the new It's a very exciting time and I would like to wish everyone at Eon much success, and welcome Daniel to the family. You're not a star till they can spell your name in Vladivostok. A lot of my reading over the next few months will be the works of Hans Christian Andersen - I have been appointed an ambassador for the bicentenary celebrations of his birth next year.
Bond was escapism, but not meant to be imitated in real life. But if asked which of my co-stars had the biggest effect and impact on me, I say - without hesitation - Eleanor Parker. I was pretty - so pretty that actresses didn't want to work with me. Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised. If I kept all my bad notices, I'd need two houses. I've never received a nomination for an Academy Award - and that after I went to the trouble of learning two more facial expressions.
Hertsmere Council extended it a lifeline when it needed it most, and invested heavily. Now that they are seeking to pass on the ownership, I hope that an equally passionate and caring owner can be found; and help take the studio into one of the most exciting periods of film and new media production. I basically said "I'm have a good time doing this, and I hope you're having a good time watching me have a good time.
Of course, I do my own stunts. And I also do my own lying. I suppose I was just window-dressing at MGM. You might call me Taylor's dummy. I wore Walter Plunkett 's costumes beautifully though. I was the last of the Englishmen, after Edmund Purdom and Stewart Grangerboth of whom had been giving them trouble in Hollywood.
I very quickly learned that I had to be highly humble and obsequious and grovel a lot. You can't keep on saying that you're not doing any more and then doing another one.
So I just had to say that was it. I had done enough. I mean, for the last three I was getting a little restless. But I had an absolute splendid time doing the Bond films. I played a lot of backgammon, managed to steal a lot of wardrobe, and got well paid. Nothing could beat it! Whole slews of sequences where Christopher Walken was machine-gunning hundreds of people. I said "That wasn't Bond, those weren't Bond films. You didn't dwell on the blood and the brains spewing all over the place.
Sadly, I had to retire from the Bond films. The girls were getting younger, or I was just getting too old. I have no idea. I had never met Ian Flemingbut I remember when the search for Bond was going on. I really wasn't aware of Bond until then. However, since I was involved with The Saint I would not have been available, although Cubby told me later that I had been on 'the short list. Now I've got the character, they take it all out. But it's silly to take it seriously. It's just a great big comic strip.
People don't realize how physically demanding the role is. I'm still amazed how many people ask me to this day if I did my own stunts. I tell them if I did or Sean did or Pierce did then we would have been physically dead by the end of the first reel of every film! Sean and I never discussed our experiences Actors don't really sit around discussing the parts they've played -- just in case someone says, "That was crap!
I have seen Daniel Craig in a number of films. He is a thundering good actor. The movie Casino Royale showed me that he is one hell of an athlete. I am disappointed by what is happening today in television. We seem to have gone into an age of cruelty where everything is put down.
Even I notice dear Cilla Black has got a new format. Now they have 'ditch' - a poor girl comes up and if you don't like her face, get rid of her. I think it's absolutely terrible. I've not planned my funeral. I'm not the Queen. A procession through the streets of Stockwell would be nice, I suppose. But when I go, I'd just like everyone to say: The wonderful thing about age is that your knees don't work as well, you can't run down steps quite as easily and obviously you can't lift heavy weights.
But your mind doesn't feel any different. I read the obituary columns and I think "Oh goodness, he was only 93! As a child, I had mumps and the measles. I didn't learn the alphabet until I was I was circumcised at eight. Much better than having it done later, like my old friend in the army, Captain Hornby of the Royal Artillery.
Sir Roger Moore remembers co-star Tony Curtis and reveals his favourite Bond film
Afterwards I said to Matron, "You can't call Hornby 'old cock' anymore! I'm the worst Bond, according to the Internet. I was too funny, too light. Didn't take it seriously enough. Well, I mean, this is a man who is supposed to be a spy.
And yet he turns up in bars and hotels around the world, and everyone says, "Ah, Mr. Bond, we've been expecting you. It's the same with the Bond girls. All the new ones say, "Oh, I'm going to be different from the others", but before long it's always the same - "Oh, James!
That's keeping up with the times, it's what cinema-goers seem to want and it's proved by the box-office figures. Of course, I was getting long in the tooth. I was 58 when I finished. My god, Gary Cooper was seemingly an old man when he was about 56 doing Love in the Afternoon with Audrey Hepburn.
And I started to realize. When the leading ladies came in and they were younger than my daughter, I thought "Hmm, this is getting on a bit. God, I could have had them as granddaughters.
It becomes rather disgusting - dirty old man. Well, I still got paid, and had a lot of laughs. I didn't regret any of it.
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I note that occasionally when I look at the Internet and I've typed in a reference and then suddenly up comes my name again and then I see the blogs where people write that I was too light and I was too old.
I would love to be remembered as one of the greatest Lears or Hamlets. But, as that's not going to happen, I'm quite happy I did Bond. I accept this title on behalf of the many thousands of volunteers and workers at Unicef who dedicate their lives to helping the millions of children in need around the world today. Lew Lew Grade was quite simply a gem. When he was at the height of his powers his energy was enormous. He would get off a plane without any jet lag and just go straight to work.
His health regime consisted of never having butter and smoking cigars all day long. I like to play things for humour.
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Particularly as I was playing a hero because I consider myself to be devoutly unheroic to the extent of being a sheer coward. I think any heroism I have is the fact that I did things physically that I was absolutely petrified of doing.
I was as surprised as everyone else was to be cast as Bond, particularly since I was already forty-five at the time. He said to me after the play, "Young man, with your devastating good looks and your disastrous lack of talent, you should take any job ever offered you.
In the event that you're offered two jobs simultaneously, take the one that offers the most money. Sean Sean Connery is a good actor, it's a pity I can't understand what he's saying. I always have been. Most young people that were brought up with parents who were in jobs like the police force are Conservative in their thinking.
You don't have to be rich, wealthy, high income to be Conservative.
I just think that Conservatism is the way to run a country. I would have been very upset if we had had to take the Queen off our currency. They'd probably have to take her off the stamps and everything. I am British and I'm fiercely independent and I think we should be independent. I jokingly said once that the reason the banks were in trouble, particularly the Royal Bank of Scotland, was that Sean Connery had drawn out all his money in cash.
I come back to England often enough not to miss it, to see the changes, to find some of the changes good. I paid my taxes at the time that I was earning a decent income, so I've already paid my due.
Asked what would make him return to the United Kingdom Being able to afford a house in the country. I would come back like a shot. I seem to replace everyone. So I'll say nothing about Grace Jones.
Sir Roger Moore leads tributes to Hollywood legend Tony Curtis
If I can use what celebrity I have to open doors for the betterment of children's lives, than my career in movies has produced an added bonus. Food has always been a passion of mine - see the waistline for proof. I've often been asked what I might like my epitaph to be. I've no intention of going anywhere so won't need one! I loved Casino Royale and Daniel Craig. He is a wonderful actor, certainly the best actor to play Bond.