Thursday, 27 March 2014

Roger Moore Revisits Memories Of His Evacuee Childhood In Launceston, Cornwall

Report by Natalie Venning and Ruth Musson for Cornish and Devon Post

HIGH profile Launceston College alumni Bond-star Roger Moore and Duncan Williams, who attended the school some 40 years apart, will be brought together during a magazine interview.

Roger Moore, well-known as the longest serving actor who played the role of Bond from 1973 to 1985, is soon to be featured in Sorted, published by Son Christian Media Ltd, of which Mr Williams is director of publishing.

Mr Moore, born October 14, 1927, attended Battersea Grammar School before he was evacuated to Holsworthy during world war two. From there, he attended Launceston College and was then educated at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.

He made his film debut as an extra in 1945, appearing in small roles on stage and in films prior to his service in the army.

Mr Williams grew up in Launceston and owns land at Holsworthy. His grandfather was vicar at Werrington and later Wadebridge. Mr Williams will be interviewing Mr Moore along with professional biographer Frank Worrall, a St Ives-based author, who helped arrange the profile piece.

Sorted was established in 2007, after Steve Legg the now editor of the magazine wanted to provide ‘wholesome reading’, offering something different, ethical and faith-based. The magazine looks at success, sports, books, addictions, mentoring and a variety of other topics.

It has gradually grown as a magazine with the increase of professionalism and celebrity interviews to promote the rise of the readership.

Mr Legg’s wife Rebekah edits the sister title for women, Liberti.

The magazines are published six times a year, and in the last year have doubled their circulation to 40,000. They are distributed for free into UK prisons and the armed forces for chaplaincy material, as well as being sold across the UK and various countries as an alternative to ‘lad mags’.

Mr Williams said: “People have lost trust and faith in the media, we need to win back credibility, not with a law or government legalisation, but by appointing ethical editors and journalists to report news with integrity. These magazines are exactly the type of ethical brands that the post-Leveson and phone hacking weary public, might want to read.
“Celebrity without depth and shallow interviews, that reveal nothing, are boring readers who now want much more challenging content.

“The question of faith is no longer such a niche subject but one that many in the public eye are prepared to discuss. Even the question of lack of faith is an interesting basis to build an interview from.

“Recently the church has become more vocal on political issues, speaking out against poverty and often at the frontline with foodbanks and offering meeting facilities for addiction recovery groups.

“If the media would keep highlighting these issues and have the courage to report them in favour of trivia, we would really be seeing progressive changes in society.”

Each edition of the magazine features an interview with a celebrity, with questions focused on faith.

Mr Moore’s interview is scheduled to be published in a summer edition, and he hopes to evoke memories of his time at Launceston.