Sir Roger Moore would have been 95 this Friday, having been born on October 14, 1927. The James Bond legend, who died at 89 on May 23, 2017, starred in more official 007 movies than any other actor – even surpassing Sir Sean Connery whose Never Say Never again wasn’t made by EON Productions. In fact, when The Saint actor was cast in 1973’s Live and Let Die he was 45, three years older than the original Scottish star.
By the time Roger starred in 1985’s A View To A Kill he was 57, the oldest official Bond captured on screen. Aside from the lighthearted and tongue-in-cheek nature of his 007 movies, in real life the star was known for being a true gentleman.
When shooting 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun, future Bond producer Barbara Broccoli was just a teenager and has fond memories of her time with Roger. Barbara’s father Cubby Broccoli helmed the 007 movies in those days and The Man with the Golden Gun was the second film starring the new Bond after Connery and George Lazenby’s incarnations.
Roger’s The Man with the Golden Gun Bond girl Britt Ekland, who recently turned 80, hopes the new 007 will be more like her co-star.
The Swedish actress thinks the depiction of Daniel Craig’s incarnation as a father in No Time To Die ruins the bachelor fantasy and she is not in favour of politically correct updates to the character like gender-swapping him.
She previously told Good Morning Britain: “It would be wonderful if [after Daniel Craig] they turned back in time and turned a little bit more to the traditional, old-fashioned, bachelor, pipe-smoking [spy].”