The Englishman also was debonair as Simon Templar on the British TV series ‘The Saint.’ “I would have loved to have played a real baddie,” he once said.
Roger Moore, the handsome Londoner who portrayed James Bond in seven films with a cartoonish, cheeky charm and probably for a bit too long, has died. He was 89.
A message from his children, shared Tuesday on the actor’s official Twitter account, read, “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer.”
Before Bond, Moore made his reputation as a suave leading man on the television series Maverick, The Saint and The Persuaders.
After George Lazenby was done as 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Moore took on the guise of the superspy in Live and Let Die (1973) and stayed for The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985), which hit theaters when he was nearly 58. He said it was his choice to leave the franchise.
His Bond was more of a charmer than a fighter, more of a stirrer than was the shaker embodied by the first Bond, Scotsman Sean Connery. Moore took on the role with a grain of salt, not to mention cigars — as part of his contract, he reportedly was given unlimited Montecristos during production.
“My personality is entirely different than previous Bonds. I’m not that cold-blooded killer type. Which is why I play it mostly for laughs,” he once said. Moore’s devilish smile and famously cocked eyebrow made his Bond a more polished, albeit less pugnacious, chap than former bodybuilder Connery’s robust warrior.
The late Amy Winehouse apparently was a fan. On her song “You Know I’m No Good” from the 2006 album Back to Black, she sings, “By the time I’m out the door, you tear men down like Roger Moore.”
“I probably just rhymed with door,” he once said. “Or she couldn’t find anything to rhyme with Connery.”
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