RIP Roger Moore
I grew up on a steady diet of James Bond films. Out of any franchise there is in Hollywood, that is probably the only one that has engraved itself on my soul. Sure, there are eras of Bond I like or admire more than others, but there is no denying that each new actor brought something new to the franchise, in the weirdest continuum we've ever seen in a franchise. Each actor made the character their own, each actor brought something special to the role.
Roger Moore's era with the character took the James Bond on some of the more wackier adventures. I would never had expected James Bond to fight villains in space, or have a gun duel with a master marksmen who carried a golden gun, or fighting Christopher Walken in a zeppelin. But that was the norm in Roger Moore's time. Moore wasn't afraid to be silly, Moore was fully aware that James Bond is fiction, first and foremost, so why not add a little fun and a little pizazz to the classic character? Yes, its crazy to think that Roger Moore never got roughed up. Yes, its crazy to think that he kept his astonishing good looks in check even though he was risking his life. There was this thought that Moore's Bond could never get hurt, which frustrated some viewers. No matter what, Roger Moore made the character his own, and he carved something out of it that will last forever.
Roger Moore's career didn't just stop at James Bond though. Its impressive to think that he played the spy seven times, tying with Sean Connery with most times playing the character. But there was much more to Roger Moore's filmography. The James Bond films will always be there, always be discussed, always be dissected. I'd ask you all to also celebrate the other work Roger Moore did. Check out his work in "The Saint," a show he did from 1962-1969. Check out "Maverick," "The Alaskans" and "the Miracle" from 1959. Check out "Gold" from 1974. You should track down and see "The Cannonball Run" and "The Curse of the Pink Panther." You should check out "Boat Trip" even though its a completely horrendous movie, Moore made the most of his time in it and its not like he didn't play his character well. Also see the Jean Claude Van-Damme film "The Quest." Moore's resume is so rich, and there is much more to it than Just James Bond.
This is just a long-winded way of saying that I will miss Sir Roger Moore.