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Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore

Born: Stockwell, England on 14th October 1927
Vital stats: Height - 6'1" Brown hair, blue eyes
Bond films: Live and Let Die (1973); The Man with the Golden Gun (1974); The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); Moonraker (1979); For Your Eyes Only (1981); Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985).

Distinguishing characteristics:

- Roger Moore was the oldest man to play James Bond; taking on the 007 title at the age of 46 and finally retiring from the role at 58.
- Moore suffers from hoplophobia (fear of firearms) and hates having to shoot guns which caused him to ruin countless 007 takes.

While Sean Connery is usually cited as the most popular Bond, Sir Roger Moore has to be the most well remembered. With twelve years and seven Bond films to his name, Moore has never truly shaken off the 007 title.

Moore started out on the other side of the camera, working briefly in film animation but soon found he wasn't cut out for technical work. So he became an extra instead and trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) till he was conscripted for the National Service at the end of World War II. He served as an officer in the Royal Army Service Corps and became Captain.

After completing his service, Moore took up modelling and small acting roles before winning a contract with MGM. His movie career wasn't a success and he found fame in the television series, The Saint in which he played Simon Templar, a suave Robin Hood type character with a preference for disguises.  The show made him a household name in Britain and the United States..

Moore's portrayal of Simon Templar bore some similarity to James Bond and producers offered him the role of 007 several times but each time he was unable to accept the role, due to contracts for The Saint and other projects.

Moore was finally awarded the role after Sean Connery quit Bond a second time and he debuted as 007 in Live and Let Die in 1973.

"My personality is entirely different than previous Bonds. I'm not that cold-blooded killer type. Which is why I play it mostly for laughs."

Moore's approach to the secret agent was much lighter and comedic than previous films, and he was very much the womanizer. His adventures as Bond are entertaining spy romps, always played with a hint of irony and a wink to the audience. During his time as 007 the action sequences, villains and gadgets got more and more outlandish with each film.

After retiring from playing 007 in 1985, Moore's acting career took a backseat and he became heavily involved in charity work, after being shocked by the poverty he witnessed while filming Octopussy in India.

He became an International Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and was knighted in June 2003 for his humanitarian work. 

Watch Sir Roger Moore on Good Morning here

Watch another interview with Sir Roger Moore on Close Up.