Actor Roger Moore, James Bond, passes away
London: Sir Roger Moore, who gave a rather lighter touch to the role of James Bond, died at a ripe age of 89. He battled briefly with cancer and breathed his last in Switzerland. The English actor who acted in 12 James Bond films between 1973 and 1985, played the role of British secret agent, was hugely popular, not just for his acting skills on big screen but for his super-hit serials on television.
His predecessor Sean Connery gave a serious and crueler shade to the Bond movies but Moore has his style and his sardonic humour brought him much fame and wider acceptability which made him as the longest performing 007 actor with seven Bond movies in his kitty and all of them were commercially successful world over. .
His tenure in the role also showcased an array of implausible gadgets and a host of new characters, designed to flesh out Ian Fleming’s original plots.
Born in 1927 in Stockwell, south London, Roger George Moore was sacked from school for low performance at an age of 15. He then became an apprentice at an animation studio, which helped him gain knowledge on the tinsel world and blossomed his inherent artistic talents. .
Moore has first acted in a couple of advertisements and his career started with television. From 1949 to 1969, he acted in hundreds of episodes on small screen and worked with all the major entertainment houses like Warner Brothers and Hitchcock. The Saints and The Persuaders have brought him immense name and has become a household name across UK.
After Connery has quit Bond roles, he was approached in 1972 and he accepted it. Writing in his autobiography- “ My Word”, published in 2008, Moore said- “Initially I was reluctant though I have acted in Bond character in 1964 in the Saints in a lighter vein way. The reluctance stems from the work as I had to cut down my hair and also lose weight. But I accepted for the changes proposed by the creator Ian Fleming and producer Albert Broccoli. Then came the first Bond movie- Live and Let Die”
Cast in a refreshingly different form, Moore’s character was endeared to masses because it was light-hearted-yet-cunning secret detective skill-This was a runaway success and later there was no looking back for him. He went on to act as Bond in The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy who Love Me, Moonraker, For your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill.
Moore was the oldest actor to have played Bond – he was 45 in Live and Let Die and 58 when he announced his retirement on 3 December 1985.
Even during those 12 years, he acted in 13 other (non-Bond) films.
He was adjudged as the Best Bond in 2004 by the Academy Awards jury.