Roger Moore, the second great James Bond (if we don’t consider Lazenby), is the first of them who actually died. He left us on 23 May, 2017. We can say he was old enough to let cancer to beat him. He was born in London on 14 October 1927, so he wasn’t quite ninety, but he almost caught this venerable age.
Roger Moore – The Man
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Roger Moore was a policeman’s son. He was married four times, he was knighted by the Queen, and he acted always as a gentleman, outlining perfectly his exceptional beauty. When I was a kid, Simon Templar was my idol, replaced subsequently by Brett Sinclair.
James Bond and More
Roger Moore played in seven James Bond movies, more than any other actor who did it. Sean Connery started the first five, after that, one role was given to George Lazenby, and it proved to be a big mistake. Connery was called again, but after only one more, Diamonds Are Forever (1971), he relays the flag to Roger Moore, who started with Live and Let Die (1973).
Next Bond was The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), followed by The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). The complexity level is moved in space with Moonraker (1979). For Your Eyes Only (1981) just completed the elements, taking Moore’s Bond to the deep of the ocean. In 1983 comes Octopussy, one of his famous ever. After that, 1985’s A View to Kill, took him along Grace Jones, who stunned a year before in Conan the Destroyer. This was his last Bond. He acquired a tremendous fame with them.
I’ll almost end my very short eulogy here, not leaving out another unforgettable character he did just before being invited to the Bond franchise: Lord Brett Sinclair in “The Persuaders” (1971-1972), where along Danny Wilde (Tony Curtis) he was a British playboy stirring trouble waters.
A Tribute to Roger Moore
Thief, playboy and Secret Agent, the Saint, Brett Sinclair and Agent 007 – James Bond – these are attributes nobody will forget about Roger Moore.
He wasn’t the only one who recently left us, I’m still shocked by the others, much younger… Stay tuned, I’ll be back!
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