My godmother loved Roger Moore and she was a big fan of The Saint, the long-running ITV British spy thriller starring the actor.
So when my parents told her they were pregnant with me, she was the one who suggested the name to them. That, and the middle name Clayton – after US actor Clayton Moore from the Lone Ranger.
My parents didn’t own a TV, nor did they know who these actors were, but they obliged.
I was born Roger Clayton Moore, but the registrar messed the paperwork up and I ended up Roger Clinton Moore.
This was in 1965, years before my namesake took up the Bond mantle, and I had no idea what I was in for. When Live and Let Die came out in 1973, I went to see it with my dad.
I remember saying ‘Oh my God, he has my name’ and my dad just laughing.
I still laugh with my godmother now, bless her soul. She lives in Canada and whenever we speak we talk about what a TV buff she is and agree that she chose a good name.
Although, she often jokes that when she babysat me I never behaved as saintly as the character she called me after.
I wouldn’t change my name for all the tea in China – although there have been a few instances that weren’t so great, like when I was stopped by the police and they thought I was lying. That got me in hot water.
It was also a nightmare trying to get my first bank account set up. The manager laughed me out of my appointment and demanded I come back with my ‘real’ ID.
I was the one that had the last laugh when he took a look at my pay slip and saw I was telling the truth.
The same thing happened when I used to play semi professional football. I was a bit of a terror on the field, so most of the refs knew who I was – but one didn’t and called me over and asked for my name.
When I told him I vividly remember him saying, ‘for God’s sake, do we have to do this?’
The positives outweigh the negatives, though.
For one, people never forget my name and I often pick up friendly nicknames quickly, whether that’s ‘Saint’, ‘Simon Templar’ or ‘007’.
I’ve always been able to find the funny side and the endless jokes have never done my head in; it would certainly be a hard life if I let all the comments get to me!
I work as a radio host at Starpoint Radio and during my first show, almost every message I got in was from someone asking if I was actually the real Roger Moore.
Since then, my colleagues try and sneak in as many references as possible: ‘the man with the halo above his head’, we’re in for a ‘saintly show’ etc.
One time I was confused for him was at a restaurant in Birmingham (Picture: Roger Moore)
I don’t think I can get through meeting someone new without them saying something about my name. Nowadays I get a lot of, ‘I thought you were dead?’.
One time I was confused for him was at a restaurant in Birmingham. I don’t usually take advantage of the situation, but this time I just had to.
I was visiting my sister and brother a couple of years ago and we were trying to get a last-minute reservation. I recommended a restaurant and my siblings said there was no chance of getting a table. That’s when I had my idea and said, ‘let’s give it a go’.
I phoned up and put on a really posh accent, before asking for a table for three under Roger Moore.
The person on the other end said, ‘What, the real one?’ and I cheekily replied that I was. ‘Gosh, not a problem’, he said.
I’m grateful that when we did rock up, all he did was laugh and show us to our table.
The most common reaction I get to telling people my name is along the lines of, ‘I’m sorry, I know you’re Roger Moore, but my favourite Bond is Sean Connery’.
Aside from Bond, I didn’t really follow Roger Moore’s life (Picture: Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
That’s when I have to admit that mine is, too.
Sure, I feel a bit bad for Moore not being my preferred Bond, but I didn’t really understand the films as a child, so by the time Connery had taken on the role, that’s when it hit me.
I was obsessed with his character in Dr. No and just thought that he was so smooth!
I love the Bond films – they’re the best form of escapism – and it’s been great to watch them with my son, who is 10 years old.
He always says, ‘look, you’re on TV’ whenever one of the films comes on and he gets excited telling his friends.
Aside from Bond, I didn’t really follow Roger Moore’s life. I knew he was in some famous TV shows – mainly because people would tell me I was ‘on the telly’, to which I would reply, ‘what am I starring in?’.
I never thought he was the best actor, but fair play to the guy – he had a good run and made a lot of money off of it. It was a shame I couldn’t follow in his footsteps in that regard, but hey ho!
When he passed away, it was quite sad. It’s a bizarre feeling to lose someone who has had such an impact on your life, but has no idea you exist!
I never thought about getting in touch with him when he was alive; partly because I didn’t want to scare him, and partly because I’m a very private guy, like he was.
Over the years, I’ve had lots of people try to get in touch with me about my name. I’ve heard from fans and also from other Roger Moores.
I remember one messaged me, saying ‘we have the same name’. I ignored it but thought, ‘you, me and probably a million other people’.
I’ve loved everything my name has brought with it, but when my son was born I didn’t even consider him giving him the same name as a celeb (which is hard as there are so many with the Moore surname).
One famous name in the family brings enough drama!
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