ROGER MOORE AND THE OVALTINEYS

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late Roger Moore ( left) be­gan his act­ing ca­reer on ra­dio with the BFN ( Bri­tish Forces Network) in Ham­burg after the war. He was in good com­pany be­cause fel­low ac­tors in The Ad­ven­tures of Robin Hood in­cluded Bryan Forbes, Nigel Daven­port, Cliff Michel­more, Ray­mond Bax­ter, Keith Fordyce and Geraint Evans, the lat­ter as a wan­der­ing min­strel who later be­came an opera star. The oth­ers also be­came fa­mous but when the play was trans­ferred from Ger­many to London, the BBC re­quested a new cast be­cause none of them were well­known. They soon were!

Be­fore he found fame as Si­mon Tem­plar in The Saint ( see Ev­er­green, Au­tumn 2008) and as 007 in James Bond, Roger Moore ex­pe­ri­enced a happy time in Ger­many chap­er­on­ing var­i­ous tour­ing stage com­pa­nies, one

of which was Ivy Ben­son’s All Girl Band with whom he got on very well.

Moore’s BFN pro­ducer was Sgt. Trevor Hill who, when he heard his CO, Col. “Bunny” War­ren, speak said, “You’re the voice of the Chief Ovaltiney,” ( see Ev­er­green, Spring 2001). War­ren’s im­me­di­ate re­sponse was “Tell any­one and I’ll kill you!” Hill, how­ever, took great de­light in in­form­ing Lt. Moore of the fact and also sug­gested he might do bet­ter as a model rather than an ac­tor. Moore later re­sponded with the mes­sage “Still act­ing and not do­ing too badly!”

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