Roger was the great­est James Bond but rais­ing char­ity cash was best role Bond Girl Tanya’s trib­ute to life­long friend

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY JAMES DESBOROUGH

Sir Roger with Tanya as his fi­nal Bond Girl in 1985 movie unique. I don’t know if he could have of­fered more.”

Sir Roger died from can­cer on Tues­day, at the age of 89. He is sur­vived by his fourth wife, Swedish born so­cialite Kiki Thol­strup.

Tanya re­vealed the last time she saw the South Lon­don-born ac­tor was a chance meet­ing at Chi­nese restau­rant Mr Chow in Los An­ge­les.

TOASTED

She said: “I ran into him about four years ago in Bev­erly Hills – we toasted each other with some saké for our work on A View to a Kill.

“We car­ried on like we left off, we laughed through fun times. He’d looked well, so it was dev­as­tat­ing to see the an­nounce­ment.”

A View to a Kill was Tanya’s first Roger with Kiki, and Tanya now big fea­ture movie, hav­ing starred in smaller bud­get projects and TV dra­mas be­fore she was handed the role of a life­time as a Bond Girl.

At 28, she was half the age of Sir Roger, then 56 – but told how the ac­tor’s pro­fes­sion­al­ism helped her through the awk­ward loves scenes.

She re­vealed: “My fond­est mem­ory would prob­a­bly be how cool he was in the nude scenes.

“I was a bit ner­vous, but he was just very con­sid­er­ate, a to­tal pro­fes­sional and made me feel at ease.

“I never felt he was look­ing at me oddly, and he didn’t flirt on set.

“In­stead he would ease the tension with great sto­ries about his ca­reer,” she added.

She said Sir Roger was the same per­son off-screen as on-screen.

Tanya said: “He was charm­ing, so­phis­ti­cated, suave and hand­some. And he re­ally had that wicked sense of hu­mour you saw when he played James Bond.

“He may have been a lot older, but he car­ried him­self like a young man. He was very fit still. It never seemed im­pos­si­ble to the au­di­ence for us to be to­gether.”

scoops@ sun­daymir­ror.co.uk

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