Actor Roger Moore has released his memoir Last Man Standing which says that crooner Frank Sinatra's purported mob ties were overblown as reported by Caroline Frost for The Huffington Post.
And how does Moore know this? Well, Sinatra told him so. So there.
The Huffington Post provides:
The former Bond star reveals in his latest memoir that, although Sinatra secretly enjoyed the idea that he had these connections with the underworld, a lot of it was trumped up by the press as a result of strangers visiting the legendary crooner's dressing room and asking for a photograph.
"How many times have I had my picture taken this week?" Sir Roger puts it to HuffPostUK. "Frank told me that six blokes he didn't know would appear in his dressing room, five of them would ask for a photo with Ol' Blue Eyes, and then 10 years later these photos would be revealed as evidence of his Mafia ties. These were his Mafia 'selfies.' And he didn't have a clue who they were."
Of course, Sinatra easily could have been lying to Moore after determining the Englishman could not handle the truth. Few people readily admit their mob ties to just anyone. For example, in 1951 the Bureau of Narcotics suspected that Frank Sinatra's nine percent ownership interest in the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas was backed by New Jersey mobster Joe Adonis, and it's hard to believe that the crooner would admit this to Roger Moore even if it were true. The mob MO is to deny.
Frankly, Moore's conclusion about Sinatra suggests the pair were not that close or perhaps reflects an underlying discomfort with the reality of organized crime. After all, the mob allegations against Frank Sinatra were not just sensational press based on fan photographs from the singer's dressing room as Moore contends which can be so conveniently dismissed.
Indeed, some accounts suggest that the mob was up Sinatra's arse deeper than a burrowing gerbil, and "that Sinatra's relationships with known mob figures were often more than just casual meetings with fans" as reported by Anthony Bruno for Crime Library:
He performed in clubs and theaters controlled by the Mafia. He made investments with mobsters. He used his status as a celebrity to make requests on their behalf—all the way to the Oval Office in one instance. He hosted men of honor at his home, at his hotels, even at his mother's home. He apparently valued their company as much as they valued his, and if he publicly chafed at being tarred with the Mafia brush, he often used his gangland veneer to instill fear and respect on his late-night romps in the "wee small hours of the morning."
Actors tend to spew drivel when not reading from a script, and Moore apparently is no exception.