Creator / Roger Moore

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"The fact of the matter is that most actors are shy people."

Sir Roger Moore, thank you.

First and foremost known for the Television series The Saint...

Wait, what? That's not why you actually clicked this page, did you.

Tough.

Born October 14th 1927, he was the Quintessential British Gentleman who first dabbled in the TV series Maverick as Beauregard Maverick, one of the interchangable brothers for which the series was well known for. He also headlined a version of Ivanhoe. As previously mentioned, his role on The Saint got him his biggest role for which many people still know him to this day:

Bond, James Bond.

Roger Moore's relationship with the series started with Live and Let Die and lasted until A View to a Kill. He was 45 when he started out, and almost 58 when he wrapped things up, with the longest tenure in both years and number of films to datenote . His era is known being very light hearted, often to the point of self-parody, making him somewhat divisive among fans of the series, and it is often debated how much of the self-parody was him and how much of it was the studio.

Unfortunately Sir Roger's affection for the role fluctuated. It seems on one hand he loved the job, but on the other hand a great deal of I Am Not Spock feedback came from him. Reportedly, "Who's the best Bond!?" questions tended to leave a sour taste in his mouth because it's such a Base Breaker being him (despite, you know, George Lazenby already having been there).

Later in his life, he retired as an actor, but seemed all right with doing a cameo here and there. However, he put his celebrity to good use in humanitarian activities (most notably as a UNICEF ambassador), earning a knighthood in the process. He also filmed a role in the pilot for a new series based on The Saint, after having provided a voiceover for the ill-fated 1990s movie version.

He passed away from cancer on May 23rd, 2017 at the age of 89.

Partial Filmography:


Tropes related to Sir Roger Moore:

  • Badass Baritone: His voice was very deep and authoritative.
  • Badass Driver: Was a trucker before he was an actor and did most of his own stunt driving.
  • The Cameo: Post - James Bond career.
  • Cool Old Guy: UNICEF ambassador, knight, and incredibly charming.
  • Does Not Like Guns: He was accidentally shot in the leg when he was 14. He used a stunt double for scenes with guns.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Probably did it better than Sean Connery.
  • Gentleman Snarker: In real life, he was probably more of a snarker than Simon Templar and James Bond put together.
  • Grandma, What Massive Hotness You Have: Up until his facelift at 57, he was a stunningly handsome man.
  • I Am Very British: Oh so very much.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice
  • Large and in Charge: He was 6' 1½" (1,87 m), only slightly shorter than the two previous Bonds.
  • Muscles Are Meaningless: Critics often mocked him for not looking tough enough to be an action star. Moore beat up Lee Marvin, one of the critics who was rather tough himself. Marvin later admitted that Moore may not look it, but he is built like granite.
  • Older Than They Look: He was three years older than Sean Connery, and looked about ten years younger in his first two Bond films.
  • Quintessential British Gentleman
  • Self-Deprecation: The foundation of his sense of humour. He described his emotional range as James Bond as "Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised, eyes crossed whilst being strangled by Jaws," and expressed shock at never being nominated for an Oscar despite learning a whole two more facial expressions. He was also the only Bond who freely admits to using stunt doubles, saying "Of course I do all my own stunts. I do all my own lying, too."
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: So much so that all his suits for The Saint, The Persuaders!, James Bond, and a bunch of his other films and TV series were made by his real-life tailorsnote .

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