Roger Moore has said that Herve Villechaize, the diminutive henchman from Bond film ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’, was a ‘sex maniac’ with a ‘unnatural lust for women’.
Villechaize played Nick Nack, sidekick of Christopher Lee’s villainous Scaramanga in the 1974 movie, which filmed across the Far East.
During an ‘evening with’ event on London’s Southbank, Moore said that Villechaize slept with 35 women during the shoot, including several prostitutes, reports the Daily Mail.
“He was a very small man and he used to touch me and I used to say, ‘Don’t touch me. You are diseased’,” said Moore, 89.
“I wasn’t being cruel about his size, it was just that he was a sex maniac. He had a lust for ladies, unnatural.
“When we were in Hong Kong he would find girls in girly clubs and go with a flashlight, ‘You, you, not you’.”
Moore added that it was when the crew arrived to film in Bangkok that he grilled Villechaize on his tally of sexual exploits.
“He told me 35. I told him that did not count as he paid for them, but he said, ‘Sometimes when I pay they refuse’,” he said.
“Poor man. He never stayed above the first floor in a hotel as he could never reach the buttons in the lift.”
Despite Moore’s brevity, Villechaize, who also starred in the TV series ‘Fantasy Island’, died in tragic circumstances in 1993 at the age of 50.
He had long suffered health problems due to the endocrine disorder which halted his growth at three-feet, 10 inches.
He was in chronic pain at the end of his life, and often slept in a kneeling position, so that he could breathe more easily, due to his normal-sized organs being crushed by his small body.
He shot himself in the early hours of September 4, 1993, at his home in North Hollywood, leaving a note detailing his despondency over his acute pain and other health problems.
A movie project about Villechaize has long been in the pipeline.
Last we heard, director Sacha Gervasi, helmsman of ‘Anvil!’, was teaming up with ‘Game of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage for a movie called ‘My Dinner With Herve’.
The likes of Dominic Cooper and James McAvoy have been linked to the project, which is based on an actual interview Gervasi did with Villechaize just days before his suicide.