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Roger Moore

Roger George Moore was born in south London on October 14, 1927, the son of a policeman. At 15, he entered art school with the intention of becoming a painter, and later became an apprentice at an animation studio. He delved into acting as an extra in crowd scenes in the mid 1940's. He studied at the Royal Academy of Drama and appeared in some plays in the West End, before being inducted into the British Army. There he served in the rank of 2nd Lieutenant with a Combined Services Entertainment Unit in Germany at the end of World War II. After release from the military, he worked in theatre, radio and television, but also worked as a model and salesman to make ends meet.

Moore came to the U.S. in 1953, where he got a film contract with MGM, playing supporting roles in several films. His first big TV series was Ivanhoe, followed by Maverick. But it was his role as suave and debonair Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint that catapulted him to stardom. His contract with that show prevented him from being chosen for to play James Bond in 1962. But the Bond role returned to Moore in 1972, when Sean Connery again said for a second time that he was finished as Bond, and Moore was hired as his successor for Live and Let Die.

It has been said that Moore is closer to Ian Fleming's original concept of Bond, as a disenfranchised member of the British Establishment, than Connery's more rough-and-tumble Bond. Indeed, the tone of the series changed under Moore's aegis, with the scripts being tailored to his personality and acting ability. Moore made 7 Bond films, retiring as 007 after A View to a Kill in 1985. He was succeeded by Timothy Dalton the following year.

 

Other Film & TV Credits

 
Act of Violence 1949
The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954
King's Thief 1955
Ivanhoe [tv series] 1957-58
The Miracle 1959
Maverick [tv series] 1960-61 season

 

 

 
The Saint [tv series] 1962-69
The Persuaders [tv series] 1971-72
Gold 1974
Sherlock Holmes in New York 1976
The Executioner 1976
The Muppet Show
Cannonball Run 1981

 

 

 
Fire, Ice and Dynamite 1990
True Story of Frankenstein 1994 [narrator]
The Man Who Wouldn't Die 1995
The Quest 1996
Spice World 1997
SpyTek [tv special] 1998

 

 

 
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
A View to a Kill 1985

 

 

 

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