Maltese fans share memories of meeting Sir Roger Moore

Maltese fans have been sharing their heartwarming memories of meeting actor Sir Roger Moore.

The James Bond star died on Tuesday, aged 89, from cancer.

A ‘gentleman’, ‘talented’, ‘selfless’ and ‘charismatic’ are words that have resonated around Malta on news of his death.

Dozens of fans took to Bay Retro’s award-winning Facebook page to tell how they met Moore while he was filming scenes for The Saint and James Bond in Malta in the 1960s and 1970s.

Pauline Tanti Farrugia said: ‘I met him face to face in Rabat in a restaurant, The Barrel and Basket.

Terry Courtnadge added: ‘I remember him in Malta, he was very taken by it. I thought he might buy a holiday home here.’

Josephine Vella commented: ‘I met him in Mellieha filming near the parish church.’

Doris Casha Camilleri said: ‘I met him at the opening of the Corinthia Hotel in Balzan back in 1968, and then at the Malta Song Festival at Radio City in Hamrun’.

Kathy Kendall wrote on Bay Retro’s Facebook page: ‘My husband and I met Roger when he was in Valletta buying a suit in 1967.’

Charlie Bonnici said: ‘He was a very close friend of our family. Our mother used to wash his clothes and he loved her cooking. My brother worked with him in Malta.’

Bridget Craig Robinson added: ‘He filmed at Palazzo Parisio and in front of the church in Naxxar.

‘After filming he came round to thank Marquis John Scicluna at his home in San Pawl tat-Targa and I, a star struck teenager, was there. I doubt there was any location fee paid in those days – a coffee break with The Saint was considered more than adequate remuneration.’

Connie Borg wrote: ‘I met him at the Sheraton Hotel in St Julian’s 1968. I also met Joan Collins and Anthony Newly and used to clean their VIP suite.’

Amanda Cortis commented: ‘I met him once about seven years ago in Gozo. Charming man.’

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