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Topic: Roger Moore Memories

With today being the 3rd anniversary of Roger Moore's death, I've been seeing so many great tributes online and on Instagram for him. Is there a particular moment, movie or interaction you had with him that stands out?

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Controversally perhaps Roger is my LEAST favourite Bond and his films get the least amount of viewings by me. I much prefered him in the saint and persuaders because the silliness was more appropriate, i don't consider the Bond movies to be comedies but the writers decided that Roger should play Bond as a bit of a clown (even literally). Connerys one liners and ocassional quips were fine but as much as i enjoy diamonds are forever this was the point at which it all got a bit too silly and Roger carried that trend on to a riddiculous degree

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silvertoe wrote:

Controversally perhaps Roger is my LEAST favourite Bond and his films get the least amount of viewings by me. I much prefered him in the saint and persuaders because the silliness was more appropriate, i don't consider the Bond movies to be comedies but the writers decided that Roger should play Bond as a bit of a clown (even literally). Connerys one liners and ocassional quips were fine but as much as i enjoy diamonds are forever this was the point at which it all got a bit too silly and Roger carried that trend on to a riddiculous degree

What a remarkable post keeping in mind that Sir Roger left us almost exactly 3 years ago.

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Last edited by Higgins (1st Jul 2020 20:09)

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My thought there is that it is easy to dislike Roger's interpretation of Bond, but it's hard to dislike him and his charm both carries and sells his movies.

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Higgins wrote:
silvertoe wrote:

Controversally perhaps Roger is my LEAST favourite Bond and his films get the least amount of viewings by me. I much prefered him in the saint and persuaders because the silliness was more appropriate, i don't consider the Bond movies to be comedies but the writers decided that Roger should play Bond as a bit of a clown (even literally). Connerys one liners and ocassional quips were fine but as much as i enjoy diamonds are forever this was the point at which it all got a bit too silly and Roger carried that trend on to a riddiculous degree

What a remarkable post keeping in mind that Sir Roger left us almost exactly 3 years ago.

I wouldn‘t hire you for a funeral speech! ajb007/crap

Remarkable?..It would be remiss of anybody to be less than honest just because it's the anniversary of his death, just to be clear i loved Roger both as an actor and a human being but his portrayal of Bond was not the way to go.I feel the producers got that when they cast Dalton as a much more down to business 007. Roger was always self critical of his acting skills and admitted to finding it easier when playing for laughs, a practice he carried forward from his persuaders years, Rogers Brett sinclair and James bond are the same person....Go ahead i can take it  ajb007/biggrin

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I think of Moore’s films with a lot of affection since my first experiences of the Bond films were mostly Roger’s- I have fond memories of sitting down together with family on a Sunday afternoon to watch The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker or Octopussy- grand, colourful adventures with a larger-than-life hero and spectacular action. For years when I was younger the first image I thought of as Bond was Roger Moore- not Connery, and not the novels. There was a long time there when I thought Moore was the ‘real’ Bond, and accepted no substitute. Yes, it may be easy to criticise his films from a jaded adult viewpoint, but from the perspective of a seven-year-old just getting into the series, outer space laser battles and circus train chases were just about the most thrilling thing ever.

 
Moore always came across as charming in DVD documentaries as well, and wrote a number of excellent books about the series, in noticeable contrast to Connery’s disdain for the role after leaving. Again, while his films may be flawed, I do have a lot of nostalgia for Roger Moore and his era, since it was what first got me hooked on Bond all those years ago…

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Roger Moore will always be my James Bond. Connery or Dalton may have been closer to Ian Fleming's creation, but Moore will always be my Bond. I also believe that the movies were right for the time and although I don't want to see the series go back to that style, I remain happy with their place in Bond history.

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I had the pleasure of seeing Sir Roger twice at talks he gave at the NFT some years back. I've never met a warmer, more charismatic and charming individual. It was his first appearance as he'd just published his first memoirs, and in the audience were (unknown both to Sir Roger and to the rest of us) a number of his leading ladies from The Saint and The Persuaders, who all stood up and were clearly still in love with him. It was easy to see why.

What people tend to forget is that Sir Roger also had steely moments in his films, such as the way he despatches Locque in FYEO, his discussion with Anya about Sergei's death in TSWLM, and many other moments. He was versatile enough to be able to do the comedic moments as well as the tough moments. And it was the producers who adopted the light-hearted approach after the success of DAF, though I've no doubt Sir Roger could also have played every film straight, as he does in so many other roles such as The wild Geese.

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Charmed & Dangerous wrote:

What people tend to forget is that Sir Roger also had steely moments in his films, such as the way he despatches Locque in FYEO, his discussion with Anya about Sergei's death in TSWLM, and many other moments. He was versatile enough to be able to do the comedic moments as well as the tough moments. And it was the producers who adopted the light-hearted approach after the success of DAF, though I've no doubt Sir Roger could also have played every film straight, as he does in so many other roles such as The wild Geese.

I think he does these serious moments better than any other Bond actor. His lunch with Scaramanga, the confrontation with General Orlov in Octopussy, and later when he's in the clown suit and nobody is taking him seriously are up there as well.  That he could do those scenes as well as the comedy makes him a much better actor than most people give him credit for.

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I don’t remember reading any negative comments about Roger Moore, he was an English gentleman.

How he is regarded for his portrayal of Bond really depends on when you were born. For those like me who saw the early Bond movies in the cinema, he was a totally different Bond as portrayed by Connery and Lazenby. Whereas I can relate to Moore as being Bond, his portrayal is lightweight, save for a few scenes where he shows a toughness, but overall his Bond was different and if you can take that on board, nonetheless enjoyable.

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