With 1977’s “The Spy Who Loved Me,” Roger Moore discovered his own personalized role in the James Bond character. It was a successful enough approach to keep Moore reprising the role for the next four films, making his tenure the longest of any Bond actor to date.
Moore’s secret is in drawing on the humor inherent in films and roles, which showcase his own personal strengths as an artist. In a 2008 interview, Moore explained about taking on the role:
“I tried to learn all about Bond, but you can’t tell a lot from the books. There’s a line that says ‘He doesn’t like murder, but is proud of his good job.” So that’s what I did. But the other side of me was saying, “Here’s a famous spy—everyone knows his name, and every bartender in the world knows he likes shaken, no-stir martinis. Come on, all of it. just a big joke!’ So most of the time I play this.”
Moore’s final approach to the part was so different from Connery’s that many fans were annoyed. While questions like “Which James Bond is the best” are generally exhausting, the fact that a debate can ensue about the pros and cons of each actor for casting is a testament to the work. by Moore – even Connery admits that Moore “go the other way” with character.
While Moore has always been self-deprecating about his efforts, a close look at Bond’s performances reveals a lot of nuance in his role – his turn in 1981. “For the eyes only” is still underrated, as it is a much more successful blend of Fleming’s tough Bond with Moore’s demonic care than “Golden Gun”. Moore likes to say that his Bond has always insisted that he will eventually win that day, and as long as his legacy is tied to the character, Roger Moore has truly won.
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