My acting range? Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised
After becoming a household name as debonair detective The Saint Roger Moore took over from Sean Connery to play 007, making his first James Bond movie appearance in Live and Let Die.
Moore’s Bond brought a welcome note of humour to the part. “He always did have an inflated opinion of himself,” he quipped after blowing up one opponent like a balloon.
His battles with the toothsome giant Jaws (Richard Kiel) and his famous Union Jack parachute opening at the start of The Spy Who Loved Me remain amongst his most fondly remembered Bond highlights.
“Of course I do my own stunts. And I also do my own lying,” he once joked.
A policeman’s son who achieved the rank of army captain during his National Service, Moore played down his achievements which, away from the big screen included his decades-long role as a goodwill ambassador for Unicef – the United Nations Children’s Fund – for which he was knighted, in 1993.
Urbane, charming and humorously self-deprecating, Sir Roger later said that the only career regret he’d really had, was never playing a bad guy, saying: “Practically everything I’ve been offered didn’t require much beyond looking like me. I would have loved to play a real baddie.”
Although by his own admission, he never played parts that were too far away from the public’s perception of himself, nobody did it better.