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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It came to me in a flash!

Watching a programme last night about the Knights Templar, I suddenly started thinking about a favourite programme from my childhood. I knew it starred Roger Moore, but what was the eponymous hero's name? Not Lancelot - that was a man called William Russell, who also featured in early episodes of Dr Who.

Today it just came to me - he was Ivanhoe.

This is his drawn likeness.
This is his big hair look for fighting Saladdin.
A while later he reared his upper-crust sounding head in Maverick,
as Brett and Bart's English cousin Beau.
His next major outings, as Simon Templar and James Bond,
have him with similar supercilious looks.

In the 1950s he was married to the singer Dorothy Squires, who probably kick-started his career (he, of course, then buggered off). She used to say he was a decade older than his admitted age, and if he'd stuck to that, he'd be coming up to 71. As it is, he will be 81 next month.

Not my brand of smoothie, though he was a fun childhood hero. And he was always game for a laugh. Probably still is.

Anyone out there got early memories of a children's performer who later became a big star?

No, I don't mean Shirley Temple! Did I ever tell you I was on a jury that tried her for receiving stolen goods? No, not THE Shirley Temple - A Shirley Temple. By marriage. Only on the last day did I realise I'd taught her son (different surname) and had to get special permission from the judge to stay on the jury.

We acquitted (police unconvincing "massaging" of their own statements).

David Bailey and James Hunt were in the jury pool. No, not THE...


judith said...

oh. i love roger moore. a friend of mine used to see him a lot shopping when she lived somewhere down south. she said he was just as good looking in the "flesh" as he was on the tv.

judith said...

i also watched the "knight templar". i have a number of books on the subject.

Anonymous said...

I used to love 'The Saint' even though I always thought he was a giant oil slick.

SnarkAngel said...

He did make a good "Bond."

Anonymous said...

Not a children's performer, but I do remember watching Norah Jones, before she was a huge star, in Two Weeks' Notice in the fundraiser party scene. I remember thinking she was really good and probably was going to make it big. And she did.

jazzy said...

i was about 12 when i fell in love with ivanhoe

Eliza said...

Not sure if it counts,as I can't really say he was a hero,but Jeremy Irons was very good on Playaway....apart from that all my favourites from childhood seem to have faded into obscurity :-(

JoJo said...

Well I grew up watching Jodie Foster who guest starred in a lot of shows I watched in the late 60's and into the 70's, and she's a pretty big star now. Same with Bill Mumy.

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