Creator / Roger Moore

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Sir Roger Moore, thank you.

Sir Roger Moore was 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 is 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, almost 58 when he wrapped things up, with the longest tenure in both years and number of films to date. (At the time of writing, it's known that Daniel Craig has been signed on for more movies, but uncertain as to how many and when they will be released.) 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 comes and goes. 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 tend 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).

Nowadays he's retired as an actor, but seems all right with doing a cameo here and there. However, he's been putting 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.


TV series and films he's been in:


Tropes related to Sir Roger Moore:

  • Badass Baritone: His voice is 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 still 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 does it better than Sean Connery.
  • Gentleman Snarker: In real life, he's 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. Even now he looks better than most people in their mid-80s.
  • I Am Very British: Oh so very much.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice
  • Large and in Charge: He's 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's three years older than Sean Connery, and looked about ten years younger in his first two Bond films.
  • Playing Against Type: In North Sea Hijack, his character was a cat loving He-Man Woman Hater. Also The Wild Geese in which he plays a jaded mercenary who has rather more in common with Daniel Craig's Bond than Moore's version.
  • Reality Subtext: He and Lois Maxwell had been friends at school, lending a delightful realism to Bond's banter with Moneypenny during his run.
  • 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 has expressed shock at never being nominated for an Oscar despite learning a whole two more facial expressions. He's 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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