It’s been a rough couple of days for fans of music and film. First we had the tragic passing of Soundgarden/Audioslave frontman, Chris Cornell, the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert in England and now the passing of former James Bond, Sir Roger Moore.
Moore, who famously filled the large shoes of Sean Connery in the role James Bond, passed away in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer, he was 89 years old. His family has taken to Twitter (under his account) and released the following statement:
With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017
Moore’s legacy will never be forgotten. While millions of fans of the Bond series love Connery, there are countless others whose first impression of the character (myself included) was seeing Moore as the debonair super-spy. In fact, in some surveys, Moore’s Bond was more likeable, do to the more “campy” feel that his films delivered.
Moore took over the role of Bond in 1972, but his first film was 1973’s “Live and Let Die.” Over the course of his tenure as Bond, Moore made more films than Connery as well. His last film as 007, was 1985’s “A View to a Kill.” But for me and many others, the most stand out film in the Moore Bond legacy has to be 1979’s Moonraker, the famous villain, Jaws, played by the now deceased Richard Kiel. For me, that was the epitome of a “henchman.”
There’s no easy way to say goodbye to a screen legend who’s made an impact on all our lives at some point, but to know we have Sir Roger Moore’s film works to enjoy for decades to come is at least some small comfort. While I know writing the following statement is purely for myself, as he’ll never see it, I have to write it regardless.
Rest in Peace Mr. Moore, you’re duty to the Queen is complete. God Bless.