Roger Moore is sad that James Bond has become so violent

Roger Moore is seldom chosen in any poll as the most cherished James Bond. While he certainly made a mark as the British agent, more people prefer Connery, Brosnan, or the current Daniel Craig. But Moore doesn’t regret trading in his TV career to become Bond. Roger Moore has written his memoirs about his experiences, the book is called “My Word is My Bond.”

Asked about his own legacy as an actor known mostly for playing Bond and in TV series such as “The Saint,” and “The Persuaders,” with Tony Curtis, Moore said: “I would love to be remembered as one of the greatest Lears or Hamlets. But as that’s not going to happen I’m quite happy I did Bond.”

His memoir is full of anecdotes about Hollywood and the stars he worked with such as Vivien Leigh, Mae West and Lana Turner. He also tells of his bust-up with Grace Jones during the filming of “A View to a Kill,” when he forcibly pulled the plug on her stereo and flung a chair against the wall because she was playing loud rock music.

[From Reuters]

Roger, who played the Bond character in a more fanciful, amusing way than the franchise has turned lately, laments the violent turn the character has taken. When he was playing the character, he was asked to be more sinister than he was comfortable with a few times, and while he tried to keep the character more charm than force, he was unsuccessful.

“I am happy to have done it, but I’m sad that it has turned so violent,” Moore said before “Quantum of Solace,” starring Daniel Craig as a darker Agent 007, opens in North America on Friday.

Moore, 81, recalled being appalled at the violence in “A View to a Kill,” the 1985 movie which was the last of the seven in which he played Bond. “That wasn’t Bond,” he said.

While making “The Man With the Golden Gun,” director Guy Hamilton wanted Bond to be tougher and had him threaten to break Maud Adams’ character’s arm to get information, he writes. “That sort of characterization didn’t sit well with me, but Guy was keen to make my Bond a little more ruthless.

“I suggested my Bond would have charmed the information out of her by bedding her first. My Bond was a lover and a giggler, but I went along with Guy,” the British actor wrote.

[From Reuters]

But Moore knows that the direction the character has taken is what the public wants these days. The new Daniel Craig Bond was more embraced as the character after one movie than Moore’s was after seven.

Moore said, “Daniel has done one Bond and he was in ‘Munich’ and … he’s done a lot of stuff, but his face, after one Bond film, that’s all he needs. He is Bond.”

And for now, I think most would agree, he is.

Roger Moore and his wife Roger Kristina Tholstrup are shown outside his appearance on the “Vivement Dimanche” talk show in Paris on 10/29/08. Credit: WENN

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  1. Jag says:

    Her name is Roger, too? Weird…

    I always liked his Bond the best, but he’s also the one I grew up with as a child.

    Will have to read his book… 🙂

  2. Megan says:

    He’s just jealous because Daniel Craig is hot and makes me want to lick the TV screen.

  3. geronimo says:

    Roger’s Bond is also the one I grew up with, the first Bond I’d seen. I loved him at the time and still like him very much as an actor and a person. But I saw Connery as Bond after I’d seen Moore and there was just no going back: Connery was Bond – rougher, edgier, more dangerous – and Craig is very much a contemporary Connery.

    Note: Moore’s wife’s name is Christina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup

  4. Modesty says:

    I also grew up with Moore as Bond (and as The Saint!) and thought for a long time “there is no other Bond”. Then I saw Sean Connery in the role and that was it: The quintessential Bond!

    But times change and I don’t want to take anything away from any of the actors who have portrayed 007 (‘cept George Lazenby and maybe even Timothy Dalton)!

    Bond seems to take on a different persona with every new guy playing him. And that’s how it should be, I guess!

  5. Ellen Smith says:

    Bond is a “00” British spy. He’s licensed to kill, not sew quilts, for heaven’s sake. It’s supposed to be violent!

  6. MSat says:

    I thought Roger Moore was the worst bond. Not his fault- he’s a good actor and very handsome – but his Bond was kind of goofy and silly and not all that badass. Sean Connery – badass! Pierce Brosnan – badass! Bond has a license to kill for a reason.

    And Daniel Craig makes me weak in the knees. Good lord, that man is smoking hot.

  7. Nikki G. says:

    awww roger, you’re my favorite bond! you’ve been in some of my favorite’s bond movies “view to a kill”, “moonraker”, “the man with the golden gun”, “octopussy”!!! i mean the list goes on and on.
    that said…daniel craig is the shit as bond! he is the truth! i can’t wait to see quantum of solace 🙂

  8. Toe Sniffer says:

    oh and I already watched quantum of solace. and Daniel Craig is my Bond. damn he has this macho aura around him. he’s just so HOT HOT HOT

  9. ADW says:

    Connery will always be the best Bond, in my book. And many times people forget George Lazenby. I thought he did quite well!

  10. Obvious says:

    I loved all the bonds…until the current. I’ve never been able to sit through the last one and the new one isn’t looking much better.

    Daniel Craig isn’t Bond. He’s someone trying his hardest to be bond-and failing. miserably.

  11. Marica says:

    I also liked Roger Moore the best. He brought and aura of sophistication and humor to the Bond character that none of the other Bonds have. Pierce Brosnan is my second favorite…I think of him as Roger Moore with a tougher edge. Despite being the original Bond, Connery never did it for me…did not find his Bond movies to be that entertainning…the Bond girls always seemed to steal the movie from him. Connery is better in other films after he got older (and the results of his career proved it). As for Craig, I know I may be one of the few saying this, but he is not Bond no matter what they say…he’s created a completely different character that is more Rambo or Terminator than a suave spy…and he is not even handsome to boot…does nothing for me. He is selling tickets though and that is all Hollywood studios care about in the end.

  12. kate says:

    why are they still making these bond movies anyway? they are sexist, outdated and boring.

  13. Steven says:

    All the Bonds are good to some degree, but Moore WAS the best 007 IMO. While I enjoy a more ruthless Bond sometimes too, I can see his point, he likes 007 to be how he played him. Although he did play some good nasty Bond scenes – like knocking that guy off the roof to kill him in The Spy Who Loved Me was totally badass.

  14. vdantev says:

    The Bonds have always been violent, but there was a certain amount of wit to the kills; the perfect one-liner just after dispatching the enemy like, “He got the point.” or “He’s looking for a new opening.”

  15. Joe says:

    For Your Eyes Only and Moonraker were the best 2 bond movies IMO.

  16. Haystacks says:

    Ah, Rodger, My least favorite of Bonds. At least today’s James Bond isn’t quite so misogynistic as your version. No slapping around women for funsies.

  17. Buttercup says:

    Aww, well I quite liked your Bond Roger, much better than todays fugly version.

    Still, I think Connery was and still is the best Bond of all.

  18. Nate says:

    Moore #1 , ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘Moonraker’ were the best. Connery was good but the that stupid pose he had was annoying. – I hope I never hear Connery say the word pussy every again.

  19. Jeanne says:

    Go take a nap Roger. You should be proud that Craig is holding up the Bond lineage if there is such a thing. Who cares what you think. All I know is I never liked Bond movies before he came along. He’s making a lot of women very happy with his tight little toochis up on screen!

  20. birgit larsen says:

    interesting to observe who Roger Moore is married to. I believe I was her nanny for 3 weeks back in Denmark in 1968 shortly after the birth of her daughter. She still owe me for 3 weeks pay

  21. I trust Roger continues to work on the new THE SAINT project. Many delays but I still have hope

  22. selenaxx says:

    my favourite bond is roger moore he is the best. he was very handsome in his time. he’s very good

  23. gary burton says:

    for me roger as always been the best bond even his one liners could kill the baddies without raising an eyebrow we love you mr moore

  24. bollywoodhunk says:

    his looks in ,”For your Eyes Only” in this movie charming to all that what a actor of hollywood
    don’t mind bond no one forget you
    left think about sad your not

  25. Dominik says:

    Moore is my second favorite.
    But sorry, compaired to Connery, who didn’t try to shove his badassitude down your throat, Craig is a hairless Pimp.

    Connerys chest hair is Epic.