In today’s guest post, Constance Metzinger shares her thoughts on Roger Moore,.
In May of 2017, we witnessed the passing of Sir Roger Moore, at the ripe age of 89 years. As the media noted at the time, this marked the first death of a Bond actor…..but, for me, Roger Moore was so much more than 007. He was one of the most manly and charismatic personalities since Errol Flynn leaped onto the big screen. Not to mention he was devilishly handsome.
I think what appealed to me most about Roger was his stately bearing. He was a gentleman in an age of very few gentlemen. Tailored suits, the finest cuff-links, impeccable hair…he always dressed for the occasion. Sometimes that occasion was yachting on the Riviera, other times hosting a race in London. If one was to look up the word debonair in the Webster’s dictionary “Sir Roger Moore” should be the definition. It was like a real baron, no – a prince – took time off from his royal duties to try acting for a lark, to have the pleasure of entertaining the masses. And what pleasure he gave us!
From his awkward first films in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer swashbucklers oh, but was he dreamy in spite of his acting!) to his television success playing heroes such as Simon Templar aka The Saint, the roguish cowboy (Maverick), or the English aristocrat Lord Sinclair (The Persuaders), Roger Moore always slipped into his characters like they were custom-fitted gloves and generously shared his true personality with his audience. He was marvelously witty (his books will tickle you to death) and quite modest considering he had absolutely nothing to be modest about. Self-deprecating wit was what he was famous for, with quotes such as this : “If I kept all my bad notices, I’d need two houses.”
And then there was Bond. Roger Moore was my favorite James Bond. Always was….at least, ever since I was a youngster and watched A View to a Kill (1985) with my father and my sister every summer. It was, and still is, a family favorite. Years later, I discovered that Moore was 58-years old when he played in that film, his last performance as Bond. I never knew a 58-year old could be so exciting.
But in spite of all these wonderful traits, the most impressive quality of all about Sir Roger Moore was his large heart and his zest for living.
“Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents.”
Moore succeeded Audrey Hepburn as the goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, a position which earned him his knighthood. Moore considered his work with UNICEF to be the most rewarding thing he ever did, and for nineteen years he used his celebrity status to open doors for the betterment of children’s lives.
Indeed, this man was a true gentleman…humorous, compassionate, modest, dashing, and – dare I repeat myself? – so devilishly handsome!
I miss you, Roger.
Constance Metzinger runs the website Silver Scenes, “a blog for classic film lovers.”
This post originally ran in 2017 and is being reprinted this week for Throwback Thursday, celebrating the greatest articles from our first ten years!