On what would have been Sir Roger Moore’s 90th birthday weekend, the studio he called home for over 40 productions has today unveiled ‘The Roger Moore Stage’ in his honour.
HRH The Countess of Wessex opened the stage, and led the afternoon celebration of 300 cast, crew, family and friends.
On-stage tributes came from Dame Joan Collins, Sir Michael Caine, Bond producers Michael G. Wilson & Barbara Broccoli and, on behalf of UNICEF, David Walliams. Featuring live music from the Julian Rachlin Quartet and Q The Music, several of the star’s film vehicles adorned the stately studio gardens – including the submarine Lotus Esprit from ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’, the Volvo P1800 from ‘The Saint’ and the Aston Martin DBS from ‘The Persuaders’ – as a capacity crowd – including Stefanie Powers, Stephen Fry, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Lord Grade of Yarmouth, Sir Tim Rive along with Bond girls Madeline Smith (‘Live and Let Die’), Gloria Hendry (‘Live and Let Die’) and Lynn-Holly Johnson (‘For Your Eyes Only’) – enjoyed a post ceremony afternoon tea.
Lasy Moore and the stars three children paid an emotional end tribute, saying just how proud Roger would be to see his name dominate the Pinewood lot.
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In an interview with ICG Magazine, production designer Dennis Gasner confirmed his return for Bond 25.
“With franchises,” Gassner adds, “you have to honor the established elements while meeting audience expectations. I’m about to do my fourth James Bond film, and acknowledging the efforts of Ken Adam and others is a big part. But we still need to make it new for ourselves, and on 2049, that meant expanding the poetry that Denis brought.”