On May 23rd 2017 Roger Moore passed away in Switzerland after losing his battle with cancer and that news just sucks. Don’t get me wrong, Roger Moore had a wonderful life and he’s one of the best James Bonds to ever grace the role. That’s how I knew Roger Moore, as James Bond. Live and Let Die (1973)is one of the best Bond movies put the celluloid. After that Roger Moore’s string of classic Bond films – The Man with the Golden Gun (1974); The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); Moonraker (1979); For Your Eyes Only (1981); Octopussy (1983) – he feel a little short with A View to a Kill (1985). Two things made the one’s before A View to a Kill stand out. First it was the theme songs. Everyone one of them was memorable, played on the radio a lot and matched the movies they were made for. The second thing was the action. Roger Moore began the trend of the over the top action the James Bond movies became known for in the 70’s and 80’s.
I also know Roger Moore as the Saint. I’m old enough to remember the dark days before 300 channel cable and everything being on the internet. The Saint became one of those shows constantly repeated on some one-horse channel. The first season of the Saint was more of a mystery show with the suave Simon Templer going from place to place righting a wrong and solving crimes in his own unique way. The Saint was one fo the first show to break the fouth wall as Simon would constantly talk to the audience about what was going on. Later on, it becomes more a spy thriller with secret organizations bent on world domination and I even think there was a “Hilter’s brain” episode in there somewhere. (The “resurrect Hilter” plot happened a lot in the 1960’s and 1970’s. See “The Boys From Brazil.”) Like many mid-1960’s shows it went from black and white to color and when you watch The Saint you can see why they offered Roger Moore James Bond after Sean Connery left.
Roger Moore’s passing is a sad thing but he did have a career you can celebrate by checking out the TV Shows and movies he made great by being in them. Especially James Bond. If you are a James Bond fan and you haven’t watched a Roger Moore, you’re a very poor excuse for a fan. His James Bonds are icons. Connery will always be the best for me, but Roger Moore holds a special place in my geek heart for making some of the most entertaining movies to be put on the big screen.
RIP Mr. Mooore.