Lusting after Bond 007 is a habit many women will raise claims to. He’s both the ‘super’ and ‘human’ in superhuman. He’s also the fellow who walks out tan and built on many a beach, in many a skinsuit, or in only very little and revealing errr… Much. He can draw a gun out of thin air, he can ‘judo’ out of every tough spot and he has the backing of the government. But no matter how tight and short Daniel Craig’s swimming shorts are, Roger Moore will always be one of my favorite Bonds. For many a reason.
- Ditzy attractions
If you take out one ‘o’ from Moore, it makes more. Moore’s the classy, suave, playboy Bond; he’s the one who wants more than just one woman at any given time; and the one who manages to attract the bimbo-Bond-girl-types- case in point, Mary Goodnight; the ditsiest of the B. gals I have yet to see. Not only does she get to spend a night in the closet, sleeping, she also almost destroys everything in sight, including Bond, when she accidentally sets off the Solex agitator by bumping into it.
- One liners
Moore as 007 has also always made with the wisecracks, regardless of the situation- he can never be accused of being grim, even at gunpoint. Par example:
Francisco Scaramanga: Look behind you. (Bond looks behind him and doesn’t see anything) Lower. [Nick Nack is seated behind Bond with some peanuts and a gun] James Bond: A gun and a bag of peanuts, how original! What will they think of next?
Bibi Dahl’s (For Your Eyes Only) attempts at seduction are constantly disregarded by Bond, which is saying something. He feels as though she’s too young for him, which she is. Score for Moore! He saves her life and protects her virtue. That’s chivalry.
Laughing in the face of deathI guess all Bonds do that.
- The funny one
Yes, he is the funny one. He’s displayed various instances of his strong sense of humor; when he talks to the belly dancer who tries to interfere-
Belly Dancer: Ah! I’ve lost my charm! James Bond: Not from where I’m standing.
And when he lands his plane on the highway for a gas refill- no mean feat, ask the other Bonds. Even they didn’t try this one!
- Persistent bad-guy henchmen
Can any Bond boast of better evil henchmen than Jaws (a pair of stainless metal teeth anyone?), Nick Nack, and Tee Hee (remember the hook hand?); as well as the ladies May Day and Pan Ho? Also the most aptly named ones. The answer is no.
- Sultriest Bond ladies
As long as we’re on the subject of names… Moore’s 007 doesn’t only have exotic names for his enemies, no sir. His ladies too have been given their due share in exotic-uh-ism. Care to hazard a guess, anyone? I thought not. Let me enlighten you.
Octopussy (ahem) in uh… Octopussy (1983)
Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Solitaire in Live and Let Die (1973)
Andrea Anders in the Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
Yes, it’s true. He’s scored with these ladies. He had the longest run of the Bond movies and his portrayal was very close to the real Bond. He had class and optimism, he was condescending and a bit of a know-it-all. And that’s the way Bond is supposed to be, right?