I touched on this notion briefly in the 'Ultimate Bond Timeline' thread (http://www.mi6community.com/index.php?p=/discussion/194/your-ultimate-bond-timeline#Item_11
) and thought it deserved more discussion...
In that thread I had mentioned that the movie 'could have' worked, provided Roger played his age, rather than acting like a 'young Bond'. Having watched Living Daylights recently- I was pleased to find only a minor few details that would have made the casting of Roger Moore impossible.
Bond in Living Daylights doesn't engage that much in age restricted physical stuff- in most of the action, he's shooting or driving. Yes the PTS would have needed tweaking, and the fight with Necros on the plane would have been laughable with an 'old man'. That dude that played Necros could probably wipe the floor with Roger in real life, lol.
As far as Bond's sex appeal, the part when he's 'picked up' by Felix's girls would have been laughable. They'd have to tone down the romance with Kara- unless they had an older actress.
But otherwise, everything Bond does in TLD could have technically been done by Moore!
I can easily picture Moore on the cello case (that's SO Roger Moore, lol) sniping at the beginning (would have been awesome, and a first for Moore, if I'm not mistaken). I hear originally, the confrontation between Bond and Gogol (in place of Pushkin) depicted the two discussing the situation over champagne; I would have loved to have seen Moore vs Gogol, in the same hard style as Dalton vs Pushkin! Even the 'final battle' with Whittaker wasn't anything Moore couldn't have handled!
To conclude, of course I'm glad we got Dalton when we did (he's my favorite) but I can't help but get a little sad when I hear Roger's dislike for generally everything about AVTAK. His last movie should have been something he's proud of (in reality, Octopussy. But it's fun to imagine)
What are your thoughts? Could a 'mature Bond' have made up for AVTAK and helped Moore end with a GREAT final movie?
I personally don't have a problem with Bond's age.... as long as he acts his age!