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London 2012 Festival: Sir Roger Moore in Turning Points film

Sir Roger Moore
Image caption 'Nobody Does It Better': Sir Roger played secret agent James Bond seven times

Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore has revealed how he was helped to reach the top in Hollywood, in a new 10-minute film celebrating the Olympics.

Turning Points explores the moment when six people's lives change forever, and is produced and directed by Chris Tally Evans, from Rhayader, Powys.

Sir Roger talks about how a dialogue coach helped boost his confidence, which helped him forge his career.

Turning Points has been made for London 2012 Festival, a nationwide arts event.

The festival is running until 9 September and bringing together leading artists from across the world.

Turning Points was premiered at Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff on Wednesday night.

Tally Evans said his film celebrated life changing moments when a meeting, an event, or something unexpected led to a new and better direction.

It started as a nationwide story-telling project aimed at inspiring and changing the lives of others by collecting stories from people of all ages, abilities and walks of life.

Tally Evans, who has written and presented programmes for BBC TV and radio, said: "It's fantastic to get the chance to have my work included in such a momentous festival and I'm looking forward to the film transferring to the Southbank Centre in London (from 31 August to 9 September)."

There will also be a showing at the Elan Valley Visitor Centre, near Rhayader, on 6 July.

"It's great that so many people have become involved in this project and I can't wait to see the effect their brilliant stories have on an audience," added Tally Evans.

"There's a huge range of stories, about 100 in total, ranging from a printing press falling down a lift shaft to a eulogy for a dead friend."

Sir Roger, who is not shown on screen but has a speaking part in Turning Points, is joined by Welsh athlete Jamie Baulch, an Olympic silver medallist in 1996.

Others taking part are artist Ellen Jackman, who lives in Birmingham, visually impaired dancer Lyn Street, from Newport, Daniel Chapman, an 11-year-old from near Rhayader who has autism, and the filmmaker himself, who is partially sighted.

Tally Evans said the stories were woven together to speak with one voice, while 11-year-old Morgan Evans, from Rhayader, runs through a Welsh landscape.

Vibrant images, sometimes lyrical, sometimes satirical, add depth and colour to the stories as they reach an inspiring conclusion.

There are other stories on the Turning Points website from Paralympic gold medallists Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson and David Roberts, world champion hurdler Dai Greene, former Commonwealth and European welterweight boxing champion Colin Jones and Olympic cycling gold medallist Geraint Thomas.

In the film Tally Evans explains how he came to terms with an hereditary eye problem, which left him partially sighted.

A social worker told him his life was going to be different, and if he did not come to terms with it he would be a "very unhappy man".

"I refused rehab, where I was supposed to go off to another city to be taught how to be a proper, grateful disabled person, threw the Braille card in the bin and have lived exactly the sort of life I always wanted," Tally Evans said.

"I never saw my social worker again."

The film also has contributions from the former First Minister Rhodri Morgan and ex-Formula 1 world champion Jackie Stewart.

Nick Capaldi, Arts Council of Wales chief executive, said: "Chris Tally Evans brings his own unique insight to a series of personal tales, set against the inspiring Welsh landscape."

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