We were incredibly sad to hear of the legendary Sir Roger Moore’s passing, especially since he had so many connections to our School. Not only did he shoot 1950s British TV Series, Ivanhoe, at Beaconsfield Film Studios (where the NFTS is now sited), he also very kindly supported the School with a contribution towards the building of our ‘Yellow Block’, which currently houses the Cinematography base and engineering.
The longest reigning 007, Sir Roger also donated two reels – the trailers for Moonraker and For Your Eyes Only and even recommended the NFTS on his Facebook page when asked: ‘Is film school worth my money and time?’ His reply? ‘Yes, most definitely – so long as it’s a good film school. You’ll learn all the important basics and techniques there and it will really help launch you. Just look how many Oscar nominations students from the National Film and Television School in the UK have snagged. Good luck.’
(Beaconsfield Film Studios in the 1920s)
Producer of the Bond films, Albert ‘Cubby’ Broccoli also made a contribution to the NFTS and EON Productions continue to be big supporters of the School with a gift for our new buildings and sponsorship of our new Director's workshop for directors from under-represented communities. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson of EON Productions said: “Sir Roger's legacy shall live on through his films and the millions of lives he touched".
As Daniel Craig tweeted, ‘Nobody does it better’ - rest in peace Roger.