In the wake of the tragic passing of former James Bond actor, Sir Roger Moore, another former Bond has written a heartfelt tribute to the late Moore.
Moore who played Bond in seven 007 films passed away after a battle with cancer last week. The actor made his debut in the Bond franchise in 1973, succeeding Sean Connery in the role of Bond in Live and Let Die before going on to appear as the iconic spy in another six films including The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View to a Kill, ending his tenure as the character after twelve years in 1985.
Pierce Brosnan himself, the fifth actor to play the iconic spy under the shell of Eon Productions published a guest column on Variety Tuesday in which he praised Moore as his first hero and reflected on the influence the legendary British star had on him as a child:
“He became James Bond — not an easy task for any man. As an actor he must have known the job at hand was Herculean, with an expectant world awaiting; who was next in line? Sean Connery had set the bar high, and George Lazenby, with mighty flair and a valiant heart, had given it his best. Now it was Roger’s turn. He knew his time was now, and he reigned over seven movies as James Bond with exceptional skill and comic timing laced with a stiletto vengeance. He knew his comedy, he knew who he was and he played onstage and off with an easy grace and charm. He knew that we knew.
We fell in love with a magnificent actor. Never forgetting the audience, never letting the begrudgers in, Sir Roger enthralled the world for many years as Bond. Sir Roger played it to the end with impeccable good manners and a wicked sense of irony that was born of years upon the stage. He saved our world, for heaven’s sake, with his movies as James Bond.
He is the only actor I ever asked for an autograph. I was 12 years old, and my mom and dad had taken me to Battersea Park. I lined up by the Ferris wheel and waited my turn to get his autograph. I wanted to be somebody like him. Maybe that’s why I waited. Little did I know my time would come to someday enter onto the stage as 007.”
Brosnan went on to recall the next time their lives crossed when his life landed the role of Lisl von Schlaf in For Your Eyes Only, describing Moore as “most gracious” to himself and his children. Brosnan was only able to stay for less than a week on the set it Corfu before having to leave to begin filming for his starring role in The Manions of America which little did Brosnan know would ultimately send him on the trajectory to star as the fifth 007, making his debut in 1995 with GoldenEye and becoming the definitive version of the character for a generation.
Brosnan also revealed that he was “still in awe” of Moore when he came to visit him on the set of GoldenEye and wished him well. The film is still held in regards by fans as one of the best Bond films in the franchise to date.
As for Moore, the actor and humanitarian also known for his passionate work for UNICEF is survived by his wife Kristina Tholstrup and his three children, Deborah, Geoffrey, and Christian. He was 89.