It was announced on Twitter yesterday that Sir Roger Moore, the third actor to play James Bond for Eon Productions, has passed away in Switzerland after losing a battle with cancer. According to his family, there will be a private memorial held in Monaco.
Sir Roger Moore was the first James Bond I was exposed to. While I was aware of Sean Connery’s work as Bond, being that there were more Roger Moore Bond films out when I was a kid meant that most replays of Bond movies on television were of Roger Moore’s version of the character. At the time, I wasn’t much of a fan because the films felt silly. I didn’t realize until growing up that that was the mood that Roger Moore was trying to create with those films. Here is a quote from Mr. Moore explaining his thoughts on James Bond.
“To me, the Bond situations are so ridiculous, so outrageous. I mean, this man is supposed to be a spy and yet, everybody knows he’s a spy” SOURCE: The Telegraph
Since reading some of his interviews over the years about his thoughts on the character and the fact that he considered the Bond series to be a sort of action fantasy, I’ve come to have a deep appreciation for his work as Bond. My favorite Roger Moore Bond film would be The Spy Who Loved Me. The opening prologue of Bond skiing off a mountain only to parachute to safety is ludicrous, but the way he’s able to pull it off with a suave charm makes you accept that this character saw this as just another day at the office. If he could have bottled that charm, he’d have been a billionaire.
Mr. Moore had plenty of work after he retired as Bond with A View To A Kill. My favorite late era Roger Moore work was on the show Alias where he played Edward Poole, the head of SD-9 and a high ranking member of the Alliance of Twelve. The main bad guy on the show, Arvin Sloan, as played by the great Ron Rifkin, had one of his rare defeats on the show when the character of Poole tricked Sloane into killing an ally on the Alliance of Twelve. Moore’s work on the show played off his time as Bond brilliantly. You expected him to have the same suave charm yet when you found out he was the ultimate bad guy of the episode, you were floored.
So what do you think? What was your favorite Roger Moore Bond movie? What work outside of Bond from Roger Moore did you like? Sound off in the comments section below.
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