Sir Roger George Moore KBE lived from 14 October 1927 – 23 May 2017 and was an English actor. He is best known for playing Ian Fleming’s fictional British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films from 1973 to 1985. Moore was the third actor to assume the role and took over from Sean Connery in 1972, made his first appearance as 007 in Live and Let Die.
The actor glided through those seven Bond films (more than any other actor) and 118 episodes of The Saint in an elegantly caddish manner, dressed to the nines and displaying a wry wit that redefined the leading man.
Moore considered the Bond role ‘outrageous’. He was seen as too dapper and refined, later remarking that he “played a lot of backgammon, managed to steal a lot of wardrobe, and got well paid.” However, many cinemagoers failed to notice just how remorseless Moore’s Bond was: he killed 90 baddies onscreen in the course of his Bond career, and did it in a chillingly cheery manner.
With every slain villain came a straightening of the tie or a smoothing of the lapels, and more often than not, a rather droll one-liner too.