The Name is Bond, James Bond. We all have heard this epic one liner at one time or another in our life. Through the passing generations, things have changed. Actors have changed but that one line has always forced us to conjure up the image of a well dressed British man in Saville Row suits. That man was James Bond. And one of the greatest actors ever to portray this legendary fictional spy was Sir Roger George Moore. Born to Liilian Pope, a housewife and George Alfred Moore, a policeman on the 14th of October,1927 in Stockwell, London Sir Roger Moore has destined for greatness. From a very tender age, Sir Roger was involved with the glamorous world of film and television and used to appear as extra in a few films.
His first major contract with MGM didn’t work out as expected and during his 2 years at MGM, the films that followed were critical and commercial failures. His luck didn’t improve quite that much over the course of next few years. Though he signed another contract with Warner Bros, those days were mostly spent by Sir Roger playing one-shot television roles.
Eventually his luck changed and after making a name for himself, he was cast as Ivanhoe in the 1958-59 series Ivanhoe. other popular television shows followed suit like The Alaskans(1959-60), Maverick(1960-61) and The Saint(1962-69).
But over his entire illustrious carrier spanning over a few decades, his most famous venture would be that of the portrayal of the fictional British spy, James Bond. His days as James Bond lasted from 1973 to 1985 and is among the longest ever by any actor to portary James Bond.
He acted in a total of 7 Bond movies-
Live and Let Die(1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun(1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me(1977)
For Your Eyes Only(1981)
A View to a Kill(1985)
Sir Roger’s portryal of Bond featured humour, witty one-liners and was more of a seasoned, debonair playboy with a trick always up his sleeve. In 2004, Sir Roger Moore was voted the “Best Bond” in an Academy awards poll and received 62% of votes in another poll in 2008.
Sir Roger was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991 and was honoured with “Knighthood” in 2003. This legendary actor passed away on 23rd May, 2017. He will always stay in our hearts forever as the man did it the best. R.I.P Sir Roger George Moore.