Roger Moore 1927-2017


Some sad news for James Bond fans this week as one of the most iconic actors ever to play 007, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away after a battle with cancer. His run on Bond has yet to be topped, spanning seven films between 1973 and 1985 including The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker and The Man with the Golden Gun. It was an era marked by campiness and excess, but still loved by many. He was 89 years old. His family posted the following statement to his official Twitter account earlier today:

Moore got his start as an extra in several films in the late ’40s before signing with MGM in the 1950s, appearing in such films as Diane, The King’s Thief and Interrupted Melody. He soon made a name for himself on TV, landing lead roles in shows like Ivanhoe, The Alaskans and The Saint. He was eventually hired to play James Bond after Sean Connery left the franchise for good in 1972 and would go on to play Bond for the next 12 years. His other notable credits include The Cannonball Run, Curse of the Pink Panther, The Wild Geese, Shout at the Devil and The Sea Wolves. What are your favourite Roger Moore performances?

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  • Stinker

    Roger Moore was my James Bond, saw all from The Spy who loved me on in the Cinema, and loved them all. Even Moonraker and A View to a Kill.

    He was the best movie bond, for me at least. And Octopussy is my favourite Bond.

  • Deven Science

    Came to say the same thing as Stinker. Moore was my Bond, and the campiness worked better than all the serious tones of other Bonds. People like the Kingsman movies? Moore’s 007 had the exact same tone.

  • Brian.M
  • Facebook User

    Sad day. He’s the Bond I grew up with as well. I don’t think any of the others could quite match his quintessential English charm. The Sea Wolves, which I believe was also called FFolks, and co-starred David Niven among others is well worth a look for those who haven’t seen it. Shaken to say the least.

  • devolutionary

    Where Does Love Go?

  • Brian.M

    Agree completely. Even his worst Bond movies were fun.