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The gods gave us a wonderful gift on the cold day of the 14th of October 1927..... the birth of the most amazing human being !!
Sir Rog (he was born a Sir), quickly proved he was a fantastic person. An immense actor, a great comedian with a knack for perfect comedic timing, and his cult classic eyebrow.
little Sir Rog didn't have any problem with women - he easily charmed and rogerized all the girls in his elementary school, his high school, university and acting school - which was the perfect training to become the utimate woman charmer !!!
All his teachers at school told him he was going to do great things..... which turned out to be true when Sir Rog illuminated our screens with 'Ivanhoe'.
Then Sir Rog joined the all time greats when he played in 'The Saint.'
But his real 'plat de consistance' was his role of James Bond. He made the role his own, and he become a mega ultra star !! young boys all across the world wanted to be him, and women of all age all over the world wanted him in their beds !!
Sir Rog has an amazing filmography, with such immense films like North Sea Hijack, The Man Who Haunted Himself, The Wild Geese, The Persuaders!, Escape from Athena !!!!
In his later life, Sir Rog become the ultimate gentleman, and made some amazing humanitarian work - where he single-handidly helped save hundreds of thousands of child from evil hands of child traffickers.
Sir Rog is more than just a man. He is Sir Rog, the most amazing human being !!
I, and everyone on this planet are grateful that Sir Rog has graced us with his incredible and perfect presence for the past 84 years.
Here's to many more, Sir Rog !!!!!!! :) =D>
He's my 3rd favourite out of all the Bond actors. A great guy in real life too.
A great guy, yes and often played Bond straighter than the public make out. Not as 'smug' as they like to believe.
Who might the other 2 be ? ( for me Sir Rog is 1st, with Murray Walker 2nd).
I think maybe a lot of people form an opinion based on MR being daft and AVTAK where is was knocking on in years, so his entire reign is classed as being a parody but to me LALD, TMWTGG, TSWLM, FYEO and OP are as good as anything in the series!
Major Smythe and Lady Smythe?
Good to see you've written his eulogy. I truly hope you're invited to the funeral. When the man finally dies (at around the same time as the Queen, when we crash into the sun), at least he can die knowing that at least one human being on the planet saw him as a god.
Now for the actual appreciation.
Moore was a good Bond (I will not call him great. That is reserved for Connery and Craig. Good for Brosnan, Dalton and Moore, and decent for Lazenby). My first Bond film was a Moore film (Live and Let Die). My first favorite was a Moore film (The Spy Who Loved Me). My first despised was a Moore film (at the time, A View to a Kill, but I've warmed up to that film in the last few years). If I'd played a Bond game with Moore in it, then my first everything regarding Bond (besides novels) would have involved Moore in some way. The Bond franchise couldn't have continued without Moore. By the same token, it also couldn't have continued if he hadn't left the role. Personally, I think he should have dropped out after Octopussy, but only because I've never liked that film.
Put it this way, there is no number 2. Terry-Thomas is number one due to him being infinitely charming and downright awesome. Because of that, anyone that follows in his wake as #2 would be vapourised. Hence Sir Rog as #3.
I bet you all thougt i'd say Dalton, didn't you. :P I like Tim as an actor and Bond, but we're talking charm, and T-T is the ultimate embodiment of that.
My post was an actual appreciation. maybe a bit exaggerated, but we are talking about Sir Rog ;)
True he played it straight more often than people think but still, his voice, his smirk, his little grunts when fighting.
Enough criticism. Moore himself is awesome and, of all the Bonds, he is easily the one I'd like to meet the most. I actually did once at a talk/book signing where I shook his hand. I remember my body shaking as I was waiting in line :p
Your post was a glorified "Best Man" speech. "A bit exaggerated" doesn't even come close to what you wrote.
For me the reason there is so little discussion around him is because he was so self-evidently awesome. What moore is there to say?
Don't let Brosnan see that. ;)
I'd probably shake much more if I met Broz. He was my childhood idol afterall.
It's actually also a joint treat for my Mum who is deaf and unable to speak, and also bless her has a few memory issues. I have literally just this minute told her and her face lit up and her eyes!
This will be awesome as it was my mum who introduced me to Bond with Live And Let Die all those years ago! What a special treat for both of us it will be! No idea how these things work? But frankly i don't care. Sir Roger is a very man indeed especially will all his good work that he does with UNICEF.
October is gonna be a very special month! Its at the Forum theatre Malvern for any fan living nearby?
His films are the most fun b/c he was fun and his enjoyment of what he was doing came through in every frame.
Now that is special.
He's in my favourite films and to be frank the five Rog films I saw when they came out each summer were a big part of my youth. They were big spectacles. You knew what you were getting. It was all up there up on screen and he took the role and shook it by the scruff of the neck. Bond was never the same after Rog took the role. Of course he was playing Roger Moore. If they cast him as Richard III he'd play it as Roger Moore. Every role he has had has been Roger Moore.
But there is a warmth to his portrayal. There is a gentleness, an affability which is utterly unfleming but seems to work. When he comforts Melina in FYEO about her parents death or gently admits to killing Anyas lover in TSWLM. He, in his last three films, could be tough. John Glen put a boot up Rogs' arse in FYEO, OP and AVTAK in a way we don't see under Lewis Gilbert or Guy Hamilton. And they are his best scenes.
But he also looked the part. A truly charming man. Watching him being interviewed he just disarms interviews with that famous sense of humour. He's not perfect. He walked out on two wives leaving them to have breakdowns. But the warmth and charm of the man just sets himself up as one of the great Bonds.
One of the great human beings. We were lucky to have him.
Once again, great post. It'll be a sad day when the man passes.
I didn't mean to ne critical of RM earlier. All I meant was, at one point or another, I could look at the other actors and say "that's James Bond" rather than Sean Connery, Daniel Craig, Tim, Pierce etc. I'm not sure why but with Moore I'm not sure I've had that (at least not as much).
I loved Moore's films, and they rank high up with some of my Bond favorites. With every new Bond comes a new persona, Moore had a very comedic, laid back approach to Bond that we haven't seen in a long, long time, it feels like, and I love that he had the opportunity to show us what he could bring to the table for those films he was in. I hope we do see a bit more comedy in SF, would be a nice touch.
Roger Moore wasn't the best Bond, never was, never will be, but what he did provide in the series were some damn fine releases and good action sequences, it was a bit of a mixed bag all said, inbetween the stupid dumb tarzan yells, sitting tigers, double taking pigeons and alligator suits, there was some tangible evidences of the character that Fleming would of been proud of
Moore is well worth an appreciation, if there hasn't been one done already ?