As a follow-up to the post on The Spy Who Loved Me, and in tribute to the late Sir Roger Moore, here are 10 of Roger Moore's most memorable film and TV roles.
10. Beauregarde Maverick in Maverick (1960-61)
9. Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe in Ivanhoe (1958)
8. Seymour Goldfarb in The Cannonball Run (1981)
In the most self-referential role of his career, Roger Moore good naturedly sends himself up in this cross-country car race comedy. Moore plays Seymour Goldfarb, heir to the Goldfarb Girdles fortune, who believes he is actually an actor called … Roger Moore. Cue Moore driving around in an Aston Martin DB5 and making Bond film title puns like “The Fly Who Bugged Me” (and yes, that's the best one).
7. Sebastian Oldsmith in Shout at the Devil (1976)
Based on the Wilbur Smith novel, Shout at the Devil sees Moore play an aristocratic Englishman in Zanzibar on the eve of the First World War. His character is duped by a boozy American poacher, played by Lee Marvin, into helping him smuggle ivory under the noses of the German colonial government. Eventually the two men are drawn into World War One and an attempt to sink a German battleship. This was the second time Roger Moore starred in a film based on a Wilbur Smith novel, after 1974's Gold.
6. Shawn Fynn in The Wild Geese (1978)
5. Harold Pelham in The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)
Moore got to show off his acting chops in this Twilight Zone-ish thriller about a man who comes to believe he has a doppelgänger after recovering from a near-death experience. Moore's character, Harold Pelham, is a staid and dutiful husband, who drives sensibly and dresses conservatively. But his double is a Lamborghini-driving, womanising cad who is destroying his life. Moore later said of this film “It was one of the few times I was allowed to act”.
4. Rufus Excalibur ffolkes in North Sea Hijack (1979)
3. Lord Brett Sinclair in The Persuaders (1971-72)
2. Simon Templar in The Saint (1962-69)
Although Roger Moore had been popular on TV in Ivanhoe and Maverick, it was The Saint that made him an international television star. Moore played Simon Templar, an impeccably dressed international man of mystery who got involved in globe-trotting adventures, was irresistible to women, and occasionally served Queen and country. If you think that sounds like a dry run for playing James Bond then you're right. The show ran for over 100 episodes and gave Moore ample opportunity to flex his eyebrows, as shown in the famous title sequence:
1. James Bond (1973-85)
What are your favourite Roger Moore roles? Have I missed out anything great? Let me know in the comments.