The Spy Who Loved Me
With his trademark single raised eyebrow, a twinkle of humour in his eye, a dry wit and tongue-in-cheek charm and class, Roger Moore was the James Bond who knew how to carry off by being himself. The secret agent who had the tough task to follow Sean Connery in the role, but who knew better than following on Sean Connery’s tough-guy James Bond.
He never considered himself much of an actor, but he made his James Bond character his own. Just like his 007 style – enduring not because he stayed in the realm of classic (although there were plenty of those examples, too, as you can see below), but because he put his own spin on it: debonair, dapper, devil-may-care. Sean Connery’s Bond was feared and admired. But Roger Moore’s Bond was charming and loved. Moore enjoyed his signature part (he simply seemed to be having fun with it) and the audiences enjoyed his wry, sophisticated and well-mannered Bond. In honour of a great character and a great man, here is a look back at some of Roger Moore’s best looks as the longest-serving James Bond.
When we think of James Bond, we think of the tuxedo. Roger Moore’s 007 always looked especially debonair in black tie. Not only that, but he had a rare breed of Bond girl by his side, one to match Bond’s style with, Barbara Bach, in The Spy Who Loved Me.
The dress shirt. Nobody did it better. (A View to A Kill, seen here on the set with Christopher Walken)
One of the most important lessons you can learn from Moore as Bond: let that half inch of shirt cuff stand out, even from beneath your coat and even when wearing gloves (Live and Let Die). And speaking of that coat: that’s the way to make an entrance in a film: in a dark blue, double-breasted cashmere coat, made for Roger Moore by his long-standing Mayfair tailor, Cyril Castle. Yes, the man had style.
Bond may be mostly associated with a black tie dress code or a freshly pressed suit, but he has also successfully proven that you can wear sportswear and still look sharp. In For Your Eyes Only, Moore’s non-tailored look was exactly that.
The roll-neck jumper in Live and Let Die. He looks too good in it, so we’ll forgive him the then-fashionable bell bottoms he sported with this polo-neck. Daniel Craig’s Bond paid tribute to this very look on the poster of Spectre.
But there is nothing wrong in pairing a turtleneck with a windbreaker. Others would look tough in this look. Moore kept his charm and elegance (For Your Eyes Only).
He knew his way with the white tuxedo jacket, too, in A View to A Kill.
Roger Moore’s Bond was undoubtedly the most ingrained in the period it was filmed in, but, as I said earlier, that didn’t mean he didn’t know how to do a timeless look. The thin tie is part of it. Here, in The Man with the Golden Gun, he exudes a classic, yet unrestrained elegance. And he seems to keep his cool, too, under the circumstances. He was Bond, after all. He is part of the legacy.
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