Roger Moore was born in 1927 in London, England. U.K. He was the son of policeman. Moore would serve in the Royal Army rising to Captain but all this took place right after WWII. In the 1940's he would have a couple of bit parts. It was in 1953 that he would come to America and see where the acting would take him. He would land a contract with MGM and do a couple of films. He would go to TV and it would be here that he would first make a name for himself. He would have a role in the show Maverick but it was in the role as Simon Templar "The Saint" that Moore would become a household name. He would take on the role of James Bond in the 1973 movie "Live and Let Die". Moore would do six more Bond films, doing the last one in 1985. He would bring a suave sophistication to the Bond role. This is a compilation list of his Bond Films. It is not a best of look at Roger Moore as James Bond.
Live And Let Die (1973) - British Secret Agent 007 James Bond (Roger Moore) has just been ordered to New York to investigate three deaths of MI6 agents. M (Bernard Lee) feels that this is the place to start. Kananga (Yaphet Kotto) is in New York and he is the man that the agents were tailing. Kananga is a diplomat from San Monique that everyone feels is playing in the drug game. Heroin is the drug that is coming into the United States and Felix Leiter (David Hedison) of the CIA is wanting to put a stop to it.
Now the other two MI6 agents were killed in New Orleans and San Monique. Bond arrives in New York and his driver is immediately killed. I think they know he is there. Bond does make it to see Leiter but is first going to see a restaurant called Filet of Soul where much of the Heroin is coming out of.
Bond meets up with a MR. Big (Yaphet Kotto) who is supposedly in charge of distribution of the drug. Big orders him killed, but Bond is given a hand by a CIA cover man.
While Bond was meeting Mr. Big, he met a Tarot reading beauty who is named Solitaire (Jane Seymour) of course the cards come up lovers. She comes in again later in our movie. Bond then heads to San Monique to follow Kananga. It is here that he will realize that Kananga and Mr. Big are one and the same.
This is Roger Moore's first bond adventure. They still have all the quirks from the previous movies but they add some real slap stick humor with Sheriff Pepper (Clifton James) and a Louisiana Bayou speed boat race. Roger Moore adds something that Sean Connery couldn't and it's okay.
The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) - British Secret Agent 007 James Bond (Roger Moore) has been summoned into M's (Bernard Lee) office. M gives Bond a gold bullet and on it are the numbers 007. Someone has gone to some extreme measures to let the British Secret Service know that someone wants Bond dead.
The bullet came from an agent in Beirut so that is where James Bond is off to first. There he will find a dancer who has a similar bullet from the body of a dead agent who was her boyfriend. It's the Bullet that is the key. There are not many who can mold a golden bullet and there is a man in Hong Kong who does such work.
So Bond is off to Hong Kong where the manufacturer of these types of Bullets are made. Bond is spotted by a very little man by the name of Nick Nack (Herve Villechaize). You see Nick Nack works for a man called Scaramanga (Christopher Lee). Scaramanga is an assassin who wants to have a game of kill or be killed.
Scaramanga considers himself to be the best and his only closest competition is Bond. Scaramanga lives on an Island in the South China Sea and Bond realizes he must go and confront this man. On the Island Bond finds out that there is more to this than just a game.
Sheriff Pepper (Clifton James) from Louisiana is over vacationing with his wife and he does run into Bond and yes they do go on another one of those nail biting chases.
Director Guy Hamilton has done a wonderful job with the transition of Connery to Moore. It shows in thia movie. Moore's Bond is much more down to earth. So once again sit back and enjoy another in the series of movies of Bond Adventures.
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - British Secret Agent 007 James Bond (Roger Moore) is going to team up with the Russians in this movie and Bonds counterpart is Major Amasova (Barbara Bach) . It seems some Nuclear Submarines have come up missing. M (Bernard Lee) and Colonel Gogel (Walter Gotell) are in agreement and the two countries are going to work together. It seems both subs are full of nuclear missiles and one man wants to ruin the goodwill between the Supreme Powers. Karl Stromberg (Curt Jurgens) has built a vessel, The Liparus, that can swallow up nuclear submarines.
The two agents start out as competitors in Egypt trying to get the blueprints to this vessel. It is in Egypt they meet up with a murderer called Jaws (Richard Kiel). Jaws is out to get anyone that comes in contact with the blueprints. Bond and Amasova travel down the Nile to get away from Jaws and they think they have the entire blueprints. It turns out they don't even when the Major tries to put Bond to sleep. Of course he wakes up and finds that the two sides are going to work together.
Amasova later finds out that the man who killed her boyfriend in Austria was none other than James Bond. She tells him before the end of the mission that she will kill him.
They eventually find Stromberg and realize he is the man they want. They do make it aboard The Liparus and try to help the captured submarine crew escape.
Stromberg wanted to fire the missiles at the United States and Russia so the two countries would start fighting again.
Director Lewis Gilbert does an excellent job trying to get our two agents and countries onto the same page. Either we want détente or we want the cold war. At the time this movie was made people were thinking of the first, détente.
When Amasova and Bond are working together you get an early feeling that we could very easily get along with our Russian friends.
Moonraker (1979) - British Secret Service Agent 007 James Bond (Roger Moore) is going to the Drax Corporation in California. You see a space shuttle built by the Drax Corporation has gone missing. It was being piggy backed to the east coast when two people took off thus killing the 747 crew. M ( Bernard lee) feels that a visit might give Bond some clues as to what happened.
Bond meets Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) and all seems on the up and up. James is given a tour of the complex and meets a Dr. Goodhead (Lois Chiles). At first the two don't exactly hit it off. Bond goes snooping around during the night and sees some interesting papers in Drax's safe. It sends Bond to Venice where he sees Goodhead, and the two eventually talk. Bond tells her that he knows she is a CIA agent. Bond does some snooping at a glass factory in Venice and finds a chemical that kills humans but not animals. When Bond and Goodhead spend the night together he sees she is heading to South America the next day.
M gives Bond a couple of weeks off but then asks Bond where he is going. Bond says after Goodhead. When Bond arrives in Rio de Janeiro he finds both Goodhead and Jaws (Richard Kiel). Now Jaws has already tried to kill Bond earlier in the movie but this time he takes them both to Drax.
Drax has everyone loaded onto the Moonraker and they are going into outer space. Once in outer space several other shuttle craft have appeared and they are heading to a secret space station. Bond learns of what Drax is up to and so does Jaws. It is Jaws who helps Bond and Goodhead escape.
Drax wanted to kill off every human being and replace them with genetically superior human beings. Wow doesn't that sound like what the Nazi's wanted to do.
Why do we as humans never seem to be happy with what we've got. Director Lewis Gilbert does a brilliant job with this one. It is kind of sad cause we do lose Jaws but he ends up doing good for all mankind. So maybe there is help for us once and for all. Enjoy.
For Your Eyes Only (1981) - British Secret Service Agent 007 James Bond has been summoned to see Bill Tanner (James Villiers) M's replacement. The defense minister (Geoffrey Keen) is also at the meeting. It seems a British intelligence ship has gone down and aboard is the ATAC communication device.
Now Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet) has just been dropped off by sea plane near her parent's yacht. The Havelock's also work for the British Secret Service. Melina had just gotten aboard when the plane that brought her flies by and kills her parents.
Melina and Bond meet up at the home of the pilot and before Bond can talk to him Melina kills him in revenge for her parents. She and Bond get away but they will meet up later in the story. Tanner gets all over Bond for not getting to the pilot first but sends him to northern Italy where he might find out some more info on the Havelock's murder and the ATAC.
Bond is introduced to a gentleman by the name of Kristatos (Julian Glover) a man who may have some answers to Bond's questions. Kristatos says that the man Bond is looking for is someone by the name of Milos Colombo (Topol). Both these men have been enemies for years but at one time they fought on the same side.
It is Kristatos who was the one after the ATAC. You see the ship went down by accident originally, but the Russians wanted ATAC just as bad so they went to Kristatos to help them get what they wanted.
Director John Glen does a nice job with this one and the cast is excellent. Roger Moore has become James Bond and he does such a fine job. We almost forget about Sean Connery. So sit back and enjoy the Greek countryside and the scenery in this Bond adventure.
Octopussy (1983) - British Secret Agent 007 James Bond (Roger Moore) has been summoned to his superiors office. M (Robert Brown) wants to show bond a Faberge Egg that had come into his possession. It was delivered by 009 as he was dying. The real egg was up for auction and the one Bond was holding was a fake. Bond attends the auction and keeps raising the bidding. The final bid comes in and Kamal Khan (Louis Jourdan) is the recipient of the egg. What Khan doesn't know is that Bond has switched the two eggs and Khan gets the fake.
Bond follows Khan back to India and tries to become social with Khan. They play some Backgammon and Bond of course wins. Bond eventually is kidnapped by Khan who wants to torture Bond for any and all information he may have. You see Khan and General Orlov (Steven Berkoff) are in cahoots together. You see Europe is going through disarmament talks and Orlov feels that if NATO was to agree to the disarmament that he could move into Europe and take her with a couple of divisions.
Bond had noticed that the girl he was sleeping with when he got captured had an octopus tattoo on her back and it got him curious. Bond does escape from Khan and makes his way into the palace of the Octopus Cult, an organization of female assassins. The head of the cult is Octopussy (Maude Adams).
Octopussy and Bond have a mutual connection in that Bond was after her father years back. So that makes them bed mates. Anyway Khan is pissed that Octopussy has Bond and he doesn't. Octopussy heads to Germany and so does Bond. General Gogol (Walter Gotell) also is on his way to Germany as he has found out that Orlov has been replacing the Faberge Eggs with fakes.
While in Germany, a bomb is set to go off with the idea of killing everybody except Khan and Orlov. Octopussy and Bond team up and disarm the bomb. They then go after Khan and Orlov.
This movie starts off kind of slow but it comes through in the end.
Director John Glen does a wonderful job pulling what could have been a disaster of a movie out of the fire. The connection between Octopussy and Bond does wonders and it's a shame that they never pursued this connection anymore in the Bond films. Anyway it's Bond and it's and adventure in the tale of espionage at it's best.
A View To A Kill (1985) - British Secret Agent 007 James Bond (Roger Moore) is in Siberia to collect the body of 003 and a microchip. When Bond is back in London M (Robert Brown) and Q (Desmond Llewelyn) are looking over the microchip. They notice that it is from Zorin Industries. Now it just happens that Zorin (Christopher Walken) will be at the Ascot race course with his horses, so they go down to observe him. Of course Zorin's horse wins. It is puzzling as some feel that the horse has been doped, but nothing shows up. Bond goes to visit Zorin as a person who has just inherited some horses and wants information. Bond hooks up with May Day (Grace Jones) one of Zorin's women and companions.
Zorin finds out who Bond really is and tries to have him killed but fails. Meanwhile Zorin is in trouble. He has been working as a KGB Agent but tells his superior General Gogol (Walter Gotell) that he wants nothing more to do with the KGB, and when a sub officer calls Zorin a freak he throws him out of the window. Zorin is a product of Nazi experimentation.
Zorin is trying to blow up Silicon Valley so that the only microchips will have to bought from him, thus cornering the market. Bond will meet up with a geologist by the name of Stacey Sutton (Tanya Roberts). The two will go after Zorin in San Francisco and the rest is up to you to find out if the freak of nature can accomplish his goal.
Director John Glen does a excellent job with this cast and storyline. It fit back then when computers were becoming household features. It is Bond and it is an adventure maybe just not what most were thinking when they saw the title, but it is still Bond, James Bond.
Moore has gone on to other films and has become very active with charities. He has been Knighted by her majesty Queen Elizabeth. Connery brought an animal magnetism to the role of Bond. It was Roger Moore who brought a suave debonair look to the character of Bond. A refinement of sorts you could say. I hope you have enjoyed our look at Roger Moore: Bond, James Bond.