The Spy I Loved: Roger Moore as 007

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?

  • Chivalry

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 death  I 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?

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4 thoughts on “The Spy I Loved: Roger Moore as 007”

  1. Moore’s Bond looked like he was having fun, it looked like Roger was having fun, it felt like the crew had fun and the feeling spread to the audience. I love me some Roger Moore Bond.

  2. Great article, just wanted to point out that the last picture is actually Maud Adams in The Man With The Golden Gun!

    1. Thanks a lot Jay! I’ve edited that bit of detail in the post. It actually is Andrea Anders played by Maud in the Golden Gun! Thanks! 🙂

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