Receiving the news that the James Bond of my youth has passed away. While I came to like Connery in the role with the VHS era it’s hard not to see Moore as Bond from the vantage point of a youngster going to the theater and seeing Moore on the big screen enacting outrageous acts of heroism and dazzling one beauty after another. I’ll miss him but thankfully we have the movies to welcome him back into our living rooms whenever we feel the urge.
Sure it’s easy to argue that Moore essentially played James Bond in practically everything before and after he received his official license to kill. Having grown up in the later Moore era of Bond put him in my field of view from an early age. He was an action star to a young kid who would look for his films once the VHS era hit allowing us to take him home for a three night rental.
Films like 1979’s Escape to Athena that placed him out front of a top flight cast.
Isn’t it ironic that he had this to say in this 1970 feature …….. “Espionage isn’t all James Bond on Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Industry goes in for it too, you know. ”
Teaming with western star Clint Walker for an outdoor adventure back in 1961.
I’m getting that James Bond feeling looking at this 1969 half sheet.
I for one really enjoy the banter…
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I thought he was the funniest Bond. I still watch him on TV reruns of Maverick and the Saint. Mike, this is a lovely tribute to a man most of us will truly miss.
He was always winking at the camera and I liked it. I’ve been critical of the new era of Bond films because I think they’ve taken the fun out of them. Not to say they are not well made, just not as enjoyable overall and Moore had a lot to do with that.
I totally agree Mike. I stopped enjoying them as much with the others that followed. Sir Moore was a class act and unique actor who we will not see the likes of again😥
I am of an age where I grew up with Moore in the cinema as Bond. Sad news. RIP Sir Roger.
My first Bond film I was pretty young but it was Moonraker at the theater. Something I haven’t forgotten.
For me it was The Spy Who Loved Me – I was totally taken with the whole thing!
So sad to hear his passing today.
One of my favourite performances of his was as “Rufus Excalibur ffolkes” in “North Sea Hijack”. I bet he had so much fun playing against cast. From wearing silly hats, to drinking whiskey at every opportunity, barking intrusive chauvinist remarks and then having a deep softness to his beloved cats.
He made such a brilliant Bond bringing with him that self aware humour. Favourite? Oh jeez maybe “Live and Let Die” for all out bonkers but “Moonraker” and “The Spy Who Loved Me” so close it’s just about a three way across the line.
I need to put “The Man Who Haunted Himself” on the need to watch list.
I too like ffolkes. An unlikely character for Moore’s reputation. I’m also a big fan of The Wild Geese. What’s not to like about this one? Haunted an odd film and one I haven’t seen in a number of years though it does grace my shelf along with most of Roger’s films.
Oh yes The Wild Geese is classic sunday feet up raining outside telly. What a cast!
Haunted does look very intriguing and the green and blue poster grabbed my attention.
The Bond of my childhood! My favorite non-Bond performances are Ffolkes and The Man Who Haunted Himself. And I thought he was really funny in The Cannonball Run. RIP
Same here. Funny how we generally don’t think of him as 89 but as Bond at 50 ish. At least I do. Fflokes a good one for sure. I always mention The Persuaders as a fun role as well that gets forgotten in the mix.
I still haven’t seen The Persuaders! Loved The Saint and Ivanhoe, though. Moore was ageless! It’s hard to believe that he was older than Connery. He looked like a kid in Live and Let Die.
Such sad news. I think it’s often overlooked/forgotten that his Bond was actually quite dark and cold in many scenes. R.I.P, Roger. All sympathies to his family and friends.
Sad day but I suspect he lived a happy life and the bios he wrote in the past couple of years are quite enjoyable if you get the chance to ready them.
Thanks for the recommendation. I will keep an eye out for them.
No Spice World?