Sir Roger Moore: 1927 – 2017

There are a select few people called upon to serve with Her Majesty’s Secret Service. An even more select and rarified bunch have represented their country in film by doing so and only the 4th to do so was Roger Moore as Royal Navy Commander and secret agent par excellence, James Bond. Based upon Ian Fleming’s admittedly atavistic character in his books, Bond had many facets and adapted well under Connery & Craig’s gruff and tough, alongside Brosnan and Moore’s smooth, suave grace.

Image of Roger Moore as James BondBut it wasn’t always that way. Moore was a quintessential south London boy. Born in Clapham to a policeman and his wife, his family later moved to Stockwell where he went to primary school and then attended secondary school in Vauxhall before studying drama at RADA. There he met his first wife, Lucy Woodward. Described by him as “stunningly beautiful”, she an actress and ice dancer who used the stage name Doorn Van Steyn, and was believed at the time to have far better prospects than him. After he finished Army service in 1946 they were married and moved into a room at her parent’s house on Buckleigh Road in Streatham.

They were said to have often been seen at the Locarno or skating at the ice rink where he learned to skate “just to be near her.” Their marriage survived six years but Moore moved on from Streatham to Bexley afterwards. He was married twice more before the international film star we know came to prominence. He is remembered locally on the outside of the former Kuhlaura premises by Streatham Green with an artistic overlay representing the James Bond film Octopussy in which he starred. As chaotic as his private life could be, he was suave and debonair on screen and we hope he rests in peace.

(House in Streatham where Roger Moore lived with his wife Lucy Woodward)