'James Bond' star Roger Moore dead at 89

Lawrence Kim
May 24, 2017

The most expensive of Moore's Bond films, Moonraker was inspired by the surge of popularity in sci-fi attributed to a little film called Star Wars. He became a goodwill ambassador in 1991. To me, he looks like a killer.

Ekland said she thought recent 007 actor Daniel Craig to be a "very, very good Bond, because he is modern Bond".

He is survived by his wife, Kristina Tholstrup, and three children.

JACKI LYDEN, BYLINE: Roger Moore was the third of six actors who played James Bond on the silver screen.

He landed an MGM studio contract but only had supporting roles during the 1950s.

Moore's big breakthrough as an actor came in 1962, when he won the part of The Saint in a popular television series of the same name. It was The Saint, a mystery series (which eventually turned into a spy series) that turned him into a star.

Timothy Dalton as James
Timothy Dalton as James Bond in 1987

For Generation X, Roger Moore was their first James Bond. He was also the oldest actor to play Bond, at 45 years. In "Live and Let Die", he's a little too lost, a little too quiet.

Moore started his Bond career in 1973's "Live and Let Die", and he starred in some of the franchise's most famous films, like "Octopussy" and "The Spy Who Loved Me".

Moore's relaxed style and sense of whimsy, which relied heavily on the arched eyebrow, seemed a commentary on the essential ridiculousness of the Bond films, in which the handsome British secret agent was as adept at mixing martinis, bedding attractive women and ordering gourmet meals as he was at disposing of super-villains trying to take over the world. Moore said that the citation "meant far more to me than if I had got it for acting. And I was exceedingly happy working with Lewis Gilbert, the director". He continued for 12 years, ending with A View to Kill, by which time he was a not-so-young 58 but still at it with the lithe Grace Jones. "So I'll say nothing", he recalled.

Timothy Dalton, who appeared in two films, is fifth.

That was partly due to a mutual friend, Michael Caine, advising them not to be suckered into joining a media-driven Battle of the Bonds. Connery did one more and then the producers brought in Moore, who they had been pursuing.

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