Former Bond girl pays tribute to Sir Roger Moore at Norfolk film screening

Former Bond girl Madeline Smith attends a screening of Live and Let Die at Wymondham Ex-Services’ Cl

Former Bond girl Madeline Smith attends a screening of Live and Let Die at Wymondham Ex-Services Club (Regal Cinema) days after Sir Roger Moore's death. Regal Experience members outside Michael Armstrong's mini replica Regal before the screening. Left to right, Les Woods, Richard Hitchens, Maureen Dodman, Philip Yaxley, Michael Armstrong, Madeline Smith and David Oldfield. Picture: DAVID OLDFIELD - Credit: Archant

A former Bond girl who starred in an iconic scene with Sir Roger Moore paid tribute to the late actor when she made a personal appearance at a Norfolk screening of the film.

Former Bond girl Madeline Smith attends a screening of Live and Let Die at Wymondham Ex-Services’ Cl

Former Bond girl Madeline Smith attends a screening of Live and Let Die at Wymondham Ex-Services Club (Regal Cinema) days after Sir Roger Moore's death. Bond fan Callum Bray, 17, from Holkham, with Madeline in Michael Armstrong's mini Regal Experience Cinema. Picture: DAVID OLDFIELD - Credit: Archant

Madeline Smith described the former James Bond, who died last week, as a joy to work with when they starred together in Live and Let Die in 1973, Mr Moore's first outing as the famous movie character.

At a talk ahead of a screening of the fim at Wymondham Ex-Services' Club (Regal Cinema) on Sunday, May 28, Mrs Smith recalled the three-day shoot of the opening sequence to the film, with her and Mr Moore dressed for the majority of the scene in just their underwear.

Typically for a Bond film, the scene showed the main character use a magnetic watch to unzip the girl's dress.

She said that Mr Moore was humourous throughout the filming, adding that unlike some leading actors he was always bright and cheerful on set first thing in the morning and would speak to everyone in the cast and crew.

She also said he was able to remember people, even when he had not seen them for a while.

During the event, Mrs Smith also talked about her career, where she name for herself appearing in several Hammer horror films of the early 1970s.

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However she really loved comedy filming with the Carry On team, Leslie Phillips, The Two Ronnies, Harry H Corbett, Frankie Howerd and many more.

Wymondham historian Philip Yaxley, who interviewed her on stage before the screening, said: 'Frankie, whom she appeared with in Up Pompeii and Up the Front, always seemed stressed, while Arthur Lowe of Dad's Army fame was her favourite comic actor.

'She had worked with Arthur on Theatre of Blood and The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones.

'Working with legendary MGM glamour girl Ava Gardner and sex symbol Diana Dors was a thrill, with neither acting the diva to a young actress.

'Legends Alec Guinness and John Gielgud too were easy to talk to and never pulled rank. It was an honour to be the leading lady for a year in Agatha Christie's record-breaking play The Mousetrap at St Martin's Theatre in London and be a part of stage history.'

Before the screening, Mrs Smith visited Regal Experience chairman Michael Armstrong's mini replica of the historic cinema.

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