As suave and suave off-screen as he was on it, Moore had an excellent reputation as a storyteller with a sharp tongue and a flair for memorable one-liners. He showed all of that and ‘Moore’ when he shocked an audience at London’s Southbank Center with scandalous anecdotes about his career just months before his death. Co-stars from Britt Ekland to Jane Seymour have attested to his kindness and good manners over the years. , but the Bond icon came to the end of his tether for star behavior.
The Man With The Golden Gun was released on December 19, 1974. Ian Fleming’s classic spy film starred Maud Adams and Britt Ekland, opposite Hervé Villechaize, who played the villainous Nick Nack, henchman in Christopher Lee’s Scaramanga. .
Moore told a stunned audience at the Southbank Center of her disgust at the sexual sins of Villechaize, who was 3ft 11in.
Bond legend recalled: “He was a very small man and he used to touch me and I’d say, ‘Don’t touch me. You’re sick. I wasn’t being cruel to his size, it was just that he was a sex maniac. He had a lust for women. , unnatural.”
Unfortunately Villechaize did not enjoy a long and prosperous life filled with anecdotes like Roger Moore. He had fought his way to stardom, but after nearly two decades in the spotlight, his life came to a sudden and tragic end.
After The Man With The Golden Gun, he found a second round of success when he starred opposite Ricardo Montalbán as Mr. Roarke’s assistant, Tattoo, in the 1978 Fantasy Island television series.
He was fired in 1984 after repeatedly clashing with the show’s producers over his demands for pay and unwanted proposals from female cast and crew members.
Villechaize’s life came to a terrible end when he shot himself in the garden of his Hollywood home in 1993, aged 50.
He left a suicide note that read: “I love everyone. No one is to blame for this.”
His girlfriend Kathy Self revealed that he had been suffering from chronic pain due to the stress his normal-sized organs were putting on his petite frame.
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