Film & Water – Roger Moore



Rob welcomes fellow 007 fans DAN GREENFIELD and JOHN TRUMBULL to salute the life and career of Roger Moore.

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10 responses to “Film & Water – Roger Moore

  1. What a great episode. I really enjoyed that. It was a celebration of Moore, and I think that’s the best way to approach any remembrance of him.

    I grew up with Moore as Bond on the ABC Sunday Night Movie. Seems like there was a Bond movie playing at least every few months there, and most of them were Moore, since they were the most recent. Now, as an adult, I prefer Connery, but I was thinking the same thing Dan was: Moore is to Bond what Adam West is to Batman. The only difference is there isn’t another definitive Batman to be his Connery.

    I saw that Sherlock Holmes movie! As soon as it was mentioned I remembered seeing it. I kept saying in my head “Wasn’t Patrick MacNee Watson?” and YES he was!

    My favorite Moore Bond was his first, Live and Let Die. That’s actually one of my favorite Bond films period. The tone is a bit more serious in that one, and you’ve got the spooky voodoo flavor, Yaphet Koto (sp) and the 2nd best Bond theme ever (after Goldfinger), so what’s not to love?

    The story about the kid who grew up to work on the UNICEF video was indeed the best hero meeting story EVER. Makes me love the guy that much more.

    I think I need to go watch some Moore Bond. Great job fellas.


  2. Excellent tribute to Roger Moore! My favorite of Moore’s was always Live and Let Die, probably because of Paul McCartney’s soundtrack. That one also had so many fun moments and a sense of humor that added a new dimension to the series.

  3. A nice tribute, Rob and Company. SWLM and FYEO are the standouts from Moore’s Bond career. I particularly enjoyed Moore as the Saint. If you haven’t seen those, Rob, those were a fun series from the 60s spy era.

  4. A very nice tribute to Sir Roger. Octopussy was the first Bond film I ever saw in the theater and how I got my mom to drive me to see something called Octopussy is still beyond me. I especially liked how he never took the whole Bond image too seriously – does anyone else recall him spoofing Bond in the Canonball Run?

    Moore recently sat for a brief interview on the James Bond radio podcast and it’s definitely worth a listen. JBR is a very fine Bond=centric podcast in case you’ve never heard of it previously.

    Perhaps the best remembrance of Moore comes from Marc Hayne’s whose story of meeting his hero at an airport as a child is bouncing about the internet. Read it and you will smile. Best of all you can go to Hayne’s twitter page and make a donation to UNICEF in Moore’s name. Here is the heartwarming story:

  5. Timothy Dalton’s my no. 1 Bond but Roger Moore’s still has a very special place in my heart, M.W.T.G.G. being possibly my earliest memory of the character. Say what you will about the quality of his movies, each was highly memorable in their own way. Compare that to Pierce Brosnan whose most notable flicks are his first and last.

    Like the era shared by JLA and JLE, I put Moore on even footing with Connery. Even acknowledging N.S.N.A. as canon, Moore spent so much more time on television honing his future Bond. I’ve greatly enjoyed catching up with his work on The Saint and The Persuaders.

  6. Roger Moore will never be my favorite James Bond. However, the man had an ease and a swagger that is almost unmatched. His Bond enjoyed his work, and knew he was the best at what he did. He exuded a confidence that was effortless and he brought that British unflappableness to bare on the character. Bless him for it.

  7. Hi Rob,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your Roger Moore tribute episode. I had to wait a few days to listen to it because just thinking about Roger Moore made me too sad, but I finally felt I was ready to listen today.

    While Roger Moore was the first James Bond I saw on the big screen, Sean Connery was still my first Bond from watching his movies on TV.

    So, while I always loved Roger Moore as James Bond, he wasn’t my favorite. However, I was … and still am … a bigger fan of Roger Moore as “The Saint” from the long running TV series. He captured that character perfectly. We’ve collected that entire series on DVD and love rewatching it. “The Persuaders” is another favorite.

    I do actually wish that Roger Moore had left the role after “For Your Eyes Only”. That was a terrific film and he still looked young enough to play James Bond. Sadly, I always thought he looked too old to play the character in his last two movies.

    “The Spy Who Loved Me” is easily my favorite Roger Moore 007 film and “Live and Let Die” and “For Your Eyes Only” are other favorites. “The Man with the Golden Gun” is good too.

    I really loved the conversation about Roger Moore seeming to enjoy the role and making the movies fun. I agree with that. His movies are great fun, but I think the other Bonds from 1962-2002 are mostly fun. I always felt what made the Bond movies infinitely rewatchable was the sense of fun. That’s honestly why I haven’t connected with the Daniel Craig movies. I just don’t have any fun watching those films.

    Roger Moore was considered for James Bond from the very beginning before the first movie was made and he was considered again the first time Sean Connery left, but obligations with “The Saint” prevented him from taking the role.

    As a big fan of “Remington Steele”, I can confirm that series was canceled at the end of season four until Albert Broccoli announced that Pierce Brosnan would be cast as James Bond. NBC was the network that broadcast “Remington Steele” and they ordered three “Remington Steele” movies on the “last day” of Pierce Brosnan’s contract. He was very upset and made that very clear in an interview when a reporter caught him at an airport following the announcement.

    NBC planned to film the “Remington Steele” movies and release them when Brosnan’s first Bond movie came out, but Broccoli refused to use him as Bond if he was going to be on TV at the same time so the role went to Timothy Dalton.

    Pierce Brosnan’s wife Cassandra Harris appeared in “For Your Eyes Only” and that is where he and Albert Broccoli first met. Broccoli liked him and he was on the path to James Bond from that moment on which is why it was known for so long that Brosnan would be Bond. It was just a matter of time as with Roger Moore. Sadly, Cassandra Harries died from cancer in 1991 without getting to see him as Bond.

    Pierce Brosnan and Roger Moore were good friends and he got lots of advice from Roger Moore on how to play the role, but the Bond producers wanted him to play the character more like Sean Connery, so his performance is a hybrid of the two actors.

    Just as you hoped, this was a wonderful celebration of Roger Moore’s career. Thank you for the tribute to one of my all-time favorite actors.

    Before you ask, sadly, no, I never had the opportunity to meet Roger Moore. However, my good friend Paul from Belfast met him on a book tour in the UK and got me a signed copy of his memoir “Bond on Bond”, which is a treasure in my library.

    Thank you for this great episode! Darrin

  8. Great tribute episode, gentlemen.

    I have to admit that Brosnan is probably my favorite Bond to date, because I think he’s a good blend of Connery’s hard edge and Moore’s suave sophistication. It wasn’t until I read Darrin’s post that I realized this was an intentional aspect of his character.

    That being said, I do love Moore’s Bond films. Live and Let Die holds a special place in my heart, because it was the first thing we ever video taped off of TV after buying a VCR. As a result, I’ve probably watched Live and Let Die more times than any of the other Bond film.

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