Roger Moore; The Best Bond?

I’m seething inside as I write this piece because of a friend who told me how she was insulted and treated badly by the staff of a certain bank. How they denounced her thoroughly in front of other customers and went as far as to tag her account as “akara savings. It’s appalling that an institution like that will have such poor customer relations. Guess they’ve forgotten that it’s actually our “akara savings” that pays their salaries and keep them employed. ” I won’t mention the name of bank that starts with the letter “F” and is a new generation bank, but I do want to let them know that Nigerians won’t tolerate such treatments and will denounce any organization that does so. And we’ve also demanded that she be tendered an apology immediately and are on standby until she gets one. Please stay tuned to Jollyhood to see how the saga plays out.

It’s no news that Roger Moore passed on this week, but the screen legend’s death was somehow overshadowed by the Manchester bombing that killed 22 people and injured 59. So sad!  And while some perhaps will always remember Moore as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, something he never lived down (though I don’t see anything wrong with that), it’s my opinion that he’s one act that make the franchise such a success. So, I thought we pay him a tribute by dedicating this post to him rather than having our usually our movie review. Hope you don’t mind? Well, it’s too late if you do because the post is already up. Lol!

Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. Whilst doing National Service, Moore served with Military Intelligence and later in the British military during the Second World War (something he had in common with his character). Although he initially wanted to be an artist, he got into films full time after becoming an extra in the late 1940s. Described as Suave, extremely handsome, and an excellent actor, Moore just a few days after he came to the United States in 1953, appeared in the television play World by the Tail.

His initial foray in the film world met with mixed success, but he got his big break internationally, as The Saint (1962). The series made him a superstar and he became very successful thereafter. Another success that followed was when he agreed to star as Tony Curtis on ITC’s The Persuaders! (1971), but although it was hugely popular in Europe, it wasn’t the case in the United States and was canceled.

Moore first portrayal as Bond came in 1973 with Live and Let Die, a film that grossed more outside of America than Diamonds Are Forever (1971); Connery’s last showing as James Bond. He went on to star in another six Bond films, before bowing out after A View to a Kill (1985) at age 57. Audiences believed he was looking a little too old for a Bond at that point.

After leaving the Bond franchise, his film career went down a bit, with some American box office flops like Fire, Ice & Dynamite (1990), and then the major Jean-Claude Van Damme The Quest (1996). But he was still in the public eye, appearing on television chat shows or hosting documentaries.

Moore was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on December 31, 1998 in the New Years Honours for services to UNICEF, and was promoted to Knight Commander of the same order on June 14, 2003 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the charities UNICEF and Kiwanis International. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 11, 2007 (three days before his 80th birthday).

He underwent surgery for prostate cancer in 1993 but finally lost the battle at 90 on May 23, 2017 in Switzerland.

Here are some fun things about Roger Moore:

. He had this habitual habit of raising his eyebrows. He was quoted as saying “My acting range? Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised. ROFTL!

 . He was once described as “A towel thief” in a newspaper publication for collecting towels from hotels he stayed in.

. Despite playing James Bond in seven Bond films, he never ordered a vodka martini shaken not stirred.

. Was married 4 times with three children from his third. It would appear he has thing for the ladies like his Bond character.

. Got his first Razzie nomination (Worst Supporting Actor in Spice World (1997)), he went head to head with another former Bond, Sean Connery in The Avengers (1998), also receiving his first Razzie nomination. However, neither won.

. Moore suffered from hoplophobia (fear of firearms). Detested doing scenes that involve him shooting firearms – which caused him to ruin countless 007 takes.

. Officially announced his retirement from playing James Bond on December 3, 1985, and was quoted as saying that he felt embarrassed to be seen performing love scenes with beautiful actresses who were young enough to be his daughters.

. He didn’t learn the alphabet until he was 11.

. Had doubles do the running in all the scenes in his seven Bond movies because he felt he looked awkward running. (I always thought he was a dandy.). He once said “Of course, I do my own stunts. And I also do my own lying.”

. He beat up legendary American hellraiser Lee Marvin while they were filming Shout at the Devil (1976). No one accused him of not being tough enough to play Bond after that. Lol!

. Accidentally took home Marlon Brando‘s Oscar home with him, people thought Moore had won instead. The Academy sent cars around to his house the next morning to retrieve it. He once said “I’ve never received a nomination for an Academy Award – and that after I went to the trouble of learning two more facial expressions.”

. Named The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) as his favorite Bond movie of the seven he starred in, and A View to a Kill (1985) as his least favorite.

. Thought Sean Connery is a good actor, but considered it a pity he couldn’t understand what he was saying.

. Said “I always say that Sean Connery looked like a killer but Daniel Craig would finish it off. I thought that he did more action in the first seven minutes in Casino Royale (2006)] than I did in seven movies!

. Thought Quantum of Solace (2008)] was a long, disjointed commercial.

. “Food has always been a passion of mine – see the waistline for proof.”

.  “Of course I have great pride in being English. We were brought up with the idea that ‘We are the best’, which is not quite true. I’m proud to be British. I said English, but I meant British.”

. Moore considered the Bond situations to be so ridiculous and outrageous. “I mean, this man is supposed to be a spy and yet, everybody knows he’s a spy. Every bartender in the world offers him martinis that are shaken, not stirred. What kind of serious spy is recognized everywhere he goes? It’s outrageous.”

. On Bond’s conquests: “It’s the same with the Bond girls. All the new ones say, “Oh, I’m going to be different from the others”, but before long it’s always the same – “Oh, James!”. 

Lol! Don’t you just love his wit? Farewell Roger Moore! I know all your fans are going to miss you plenty; my hubby inclusive.

The Omu Resort trip is still on for Democracy day, Monday, May 29th, so you can give the kids a nice treat this holiday. And make sure you also check out the other vacation plans they have for the year. Until next week; Happy Childrens Day to my delightful kids out there and have a splendid weekend. Cheerios!


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