ROGER MOORE AND THE OVALTINEYS
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!”