Wednesday, May 24, 2017
R.I.P. Sir Roger Moore.
We mourn the passing of actor Sir Roger Moore, on May 23, 2017, at the age of 89.
Roger Moore was the personification of British suave… and cool, regardless of the role.
Beau Maverick, a late but welcome entry to the classic western series MAVERICK, TV’s Simon Templar in THE SAINT (the role I’ve historically associated him with), and my most recent Moore discovery THE PERSUADERS, with Sir Roger so perfectly paired with – and played against – Tony Curtis!
But, unquestionably Roger Moore’s greatest achievement was making the role of James Bond “his own”, in the wake of Sean Connery’s indelible imprint on Agent 007!
Indeed, one needn’t press me too hard to get me to admit a preference for Moore over anyone else in the role – especially on the two occasions where he encountered wacky Sheriff J.W. Pepper, played by actor Clifton James, who also passed away earlier this year.
And “Moonraker”, which I liked so much I parodied the title for a Donald Duck secret agent story - "Tycoonraker".
On a completely unrelated note, it was Roger Moore who convinced friend David Hedison to take the role of Captain Crane on the weekly television version of VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA (1964-1968), after Hedison had turned down the same role for the previous feature film version of VOYAGE in 1961. Moore had come to realize the virtues of regular work and pay on a regular series with THE SAINT (1962-1969), and so convinced Hedison.
Ironically, it was his television work on THE SAINT, and perhaps THE PERSUADERS as well, that LEAD Moore to the cinematic role of Bond.
Thank you, Sir Roger Moore, for so many great – and historic – moments!