SIR Roger Moore, thank you.
Roger Moore was first and foremost known for the Television series The Saint
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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, tying Sean Connery
for the number of appearances in the role (despite one of Sir Sean's
not being a true
sequel but let's not go there
) making Sir Roger THE longest lasting James Bond
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.)
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 doesn't act much, but, according to his IMDB page, lends his voice for things more than he'd appear on screen, and 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:
- Awesome, Dear Boy: One of the reasons he played Bond for so long. Even in the weaker films, he's clearly having the time of his life (that and he was probably getting a hefty paycheque considering he twice tried to walk away from the part in the early 1980s, with James Brolin lined up to replace him for Octopussy at one point).
- 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.
- Granddad 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 Not Spock
- I Am Very British: Oh so very much.
- Lantern Jaw of Justice
- 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.
- 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 "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 tailors.
- What Could Have Been: According to Looney Tunes animator Greg Duffel, before acting, Moore was interested in becoming an animator himself. However the only job he was ever able to get at any animation studio was that of a "messenger boy". And he was fired very quickly.
- Moore was actually one of the very first actors considered to play Bond back in 1962, but was unavailable due to his commitments to The Saint. That didn't stop him from playing Bond in a comedy skit that aired on British TV around 1965.