Roger Moore

Last updated on the 9 June 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 14 October 1927, Stockwell, London, England. 

Roger Moore, though initially drawn to art, a chance acting role in his teens sparked a lifelong passion. After attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Moore began his career with small film roles and theatre productions.

The Saint - Roger Moore
The Saint – Roger Moore

The 1960s proved to be a turning point. Moore’s charm and charisma landed him the lead in “The Saint,” a television series that catapulted him to international fame. Playing the sophisticated Simon Templar, a Robin Hood-esque character who righted wrongs, Moore honed his debonair persona that would become synonymous with him later.

In 1973, the biggest opportunity of his career arrived. Stepping into the iconic tuxedo of James Bond, Moore took over from Sean Connery. While some fans missed Connery’s grittier portrayal, Moore redefined 007. His Bond was smoother, wittier and relied more on gadgets and humour. Over seven films, from “Live and Let Die” to “A View to a Kill,” Moore redefined the character for a new generation, becoming the longest-running Bond actor for Eon Productions.

Roger Moore and Jane Seymour in Live and Let Die
Roger Moore and Jane Seymour in Live and Let Die

Roger Moore married four times, he was known for his jet-setting lifestyle and philanthropy. He was a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for over two decades, a role that earnt him a knighthood in 2003.

Roger Moore passed away in 2017, leaving behind a legacy that transcended James Bond. He was a quintessential British actor, charming audiences for over six decades with his wit, elegance and signature brand of heroism.


Suggested viewing


Ivanhoe (1958)

Ivanhoe poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 7.1

A noble knight disguised as a disinherited Saxon fights for justice in a land oppressed by a tyrannical prince. Aiding the rightful heir to the throne and a fair maiden, he challenges villains in thrilling tournaments and rescues the downtrodden.

Top cast: Roger Moore, Robert Brown, Andrew Keir, Martin Wyldeck, John Pike, Adrienne Corri, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, John Schlesinger.


The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

The Spy Who Loved Me poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 7.0

Forced to cooperate, James Bond and a deadly KGB agent with a grudge join forces to track down stolen nuclear submarines and prevent a global catastrophe, their unlikely alliance challenged by underwater battles and a villain with a hidden lair.

Top cast: Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel, Caroline Munro, Walter Gotell, Geoffrey Keen, Bernard Lee, George Baker, Desmond Llewelyn, Lois Maxwell.


Live and Let Die (1973)

Live and Let Die poster

Bftv 8.0 / IMDb 6.7

Investigating a string of murders linked to a charismatic island leader, James Bond uncovers a global heroin operation and must confront assassins, voodoo rituals and a psychic entangled with the villain’s schemes.

Top cast: Roger Moore, Jane Seymour, Yaphet Kotto, Clifton James, Julius Harris, Geoffrey Holder, David Hedison, Gloria Hendry, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell.


The Saint (1962)

The Saint poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.5

Simon Templar, a charming adventurer uses his wits to target the ill-gotten gains of the wealthy and corrupt. Righting wrongs for the downtrodden, he leaves his calling card, a stick figure saint, before vanishing, leaving authorities both frustrated and grudgingly impressed.

Top cast: Roger Moore, Ivor Dean, Leslie Crawford, Justine Lord, Ricardo Montez, Suzanne Lloyd, Sylvia Syms, Shirley Eaton, Jennie Linden, Jane Asher, Donald Sutherland, Alexandra Bastedo, Patrick Troughton.


The Wild Geese (1978)

The Wild Geese poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.8

An aging ex-soldier, haunted by past choices, leads a band of hardened mercenaries on a daring rescue mission in war-torn Africa. Facing betrayal and harsh realities, they fight their way through a hostile land, questioning the loyalty of their employer and the true cost of redemption.

Top cast: Richard Burton, Roger Moore, Richard Harris, Hardy Krüger, Stewart Granger, Winston Ntshona, John Kani, Jack Watson, Frank Finlay, Barry Foster, Ronald Fraser.


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