You can read the entire story, which was originally published Dec. 15, BY CLICKING HERE. An excerpt follows:
(A photograph accompanying the story) brings to mind the scene in For Your Eyes Only where Bond meets another bearded priest, who was in fact Q, played by Desmond Llewelyn, in disguise. Originally Bernie Lee’s character M was going to play that priest, but poor Bernie, who had played M for the first 11 Bond films, was ill with cancer and had a lot of problems so couldn’t do it – he died while we were still filming and M was written out of the film.
The story describes how Moore played producer Albert R. Broccoli for big stakes in backgammon (“On the last day of shooting we’d settle up and by then things had usually evened out, so it might end being only two or three thousand dollars that one of us had to pay.”). Perhaps the inspiration for a gambling scene in 1983’s Octopussy.
Filed under: James Bond Films Tagged: | Albert R. Broccoli, For Your Eyes Only, Georgia Dehn, James Bond Films, Michael G. Wilson, Roger Moore, Roger Moore and Albert R. Broccoli's high stakes backgammon games, The Telegraph