Poor Sir Roger Moore seems to get bashed alot from both film critics and fans alike. He's been parodied on television shows for his lack of acting skills and even had a song named after him called "One Emotion" referencing the constant moving of his eyebrow. With him being the first Bond I was exposed naturally this hurt alittle. I started to believe it and even mentioned Moore in an acting class where where the Prof jumped to Moore's defense. And damn it he was right. Typecasting in Hollywood can be ridiculous. People loved Moore when he played towards the lighter side of things so he stuck to what worked and gave audiences what they wanted. Afterall no one was forcing people to pay to see his Bond films and his outings, adjusted for inflation, were consistently the second highest grossing behind Connery's. Now let us Moore fans unite and provide examples of Sir Roger doing some more serious acting. Feel free to go outside the Bond films.
-Bond explaining to Anya why he had to kill her lover in TSWLM. A very somber scene with a dead-serious delivery by Bond. Moore did an excellent job with this. I don't think Connery, Lazenby, or Brosnan could've pulled it off any better.
-Bond nearly escaping death inside the centrifuge in Moonraker. Say what you will about Moore's Bond being invincible but in this particular scene, Bond seriously looks like he's shit out of luck. Then as Bond escapes and Holly Goodhead tries to help him Moore sort-of nudges her off like an after-though. That's pure Bond coolness being added a very well done scene.
-Bond warning Melina about the possible consequences of her seeking revenge in FYEO. Yes this might have been alittle out of character for the ruthless spy but never-the-less Moore is effective as an experienced professional trying to help this grieving woman.
-Bond forcing himself on Octopussy in her palace in OP. Moore proves that he can pull a Connery and show off some sexual aggression/dominance. Only he doesn't have to beat her up to do it.
-Bond's confrontation with General Orlov on the train in OP. For a Bond who constantly regarded as never being serious Moore is all business here and believable in doing so.
-Bond defusing the Bomb at Octopussy's circus in OP. I won't ignore the pink elephant in the room. Yes, Bond is dressed as a clown. People have a field day with this. But set your minds objectively for a second. Even though he's dressed as a clown it's one of the more serious scenes in a Moore film. It's a very Hitchcockian concept were a man knows there's a bomb hidden in the cannon and tries to warn the people but no one believes him because he's dressed as a clown. Moore looks legitimately scared, concerned, and even desperate at times in this scene.