Wednesday, 4 December 2013

James Bond p.2 (1973-1989)

Roger Moore (1927-) was born in London, England, unlike Sean Connery, Moore was already a household name before nabbing the role of secret agent 007. He had starred with Tony Curtis in the TV series The Persuaders (1971-1972) and was very popular as Simon Templar in The Saint (1962-1969).

James Bond: Allow me to introduce myself. Bond. James Bond.
Solitaire: I know who you are, what you are, and why you've come. You will not succeed.

Live and Let Die (1973) was the 8th official Bond movie, and the first of seven starring Roger Moore. The film was directed by Guy Hamilton and also starred Jane Seymour as Solitaire, Yaphet Kotto as Dr. Kananga alias Mr. Big, Gloria Hendry as Rosie Carver, David Hedison as Felix Leiter and Clifton James as Sheriff J.W. Pepper.

Scaramanga: You see, Mr Bond, like all great artists I want to create one indisputable masterpiece - the death of 007.

Roger Moore as 007, Christopher Lee as Francisco Scaramanga, Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight, Maud Adams as Andrea Anders and Herve Villechaize as Nick Nack in The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), directed by Guy Hamilton.

Stromberg: Observe Mr. Bond, the instruments of armageddon.

With his producing partner Harry Saltzman out of the picture, Cubby Broccoli wanted the 10th Bond movie to be the biggest and the best (it was also the most expensive) especially after the less than thrilling response to the previous Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) was directed by Lewis Gilbert and starred Roger Moore as 007, Barbara Bach as Major Anya Amasova, Curt Jurgens as Karl Stromberg, Caroline Munro as Naomi and Richard Kiel as Jaws. It was one of the biggest hits of the year.

Drax: Look after Mr. Bond. See that some harm comes to him

Bond in Space!! Moonraker was the 11th Bond movie and the most expensive at the time, costing $30m, thirty times the cost of Dr. No. Luckily it was a massive worldwide hit. Directed by Lewis Gilbert and starring Roger Moore as you know who, Lois Chiles as Holly Goodhead, Michael Lonsdale as Hugo Drax and Richard Kiel returning as Jaws. 

Minister of Defence: My God! What’s Bond doing?
Q: I think he’s attempting re-entry sir.


For Your Eyes Only (1981) was directed by John Glen, the first of five Bond films he would direct during the 1980's. Starring Roger Moore, Carole Bouquet as Melina Havelock, Topol as Milos Columbo and Julian Glover as Aris Kristatos.

It was the only Bond film not to feature 'M' the head of the British Secret Service. Bernard Lee had played M in 11 films, he died of cancer in January 1981 and the decision was made not to recast the role until the next film.

Kamal Khan: Mr. Bond is indeed a very rare breed... soon to be made extinct. 

Octopussy (1983) was directed by John Glen and starred Roger Moore as Bond, James Bond, also starring Maud Adams as Octopussy, Louis Jourdan as Kamal Khan, Steven Berkoff as General Orlov and Kabir Bedi as Gobinda. Robert Brown was the new M and would play the role in three more Bond films.

Q; "Good to see you Mr. Bond. Now you're on this I hope we're going to see some gratuitous sex and violence."

Producer Kevin McClory held the film rights to Ian Fleming's novel Thunderball and in the early 80's he started pre-production on a remake of Thunderball, titled Never Say Never Again (1983), offering Sean Connery $3m and a slice of the profits to return as Bond. The film was directed by Irvin Kershner and also starred Kim Basinger as Domino Petachi, Klaus Maria Brandeur as Maximilian Largo, Barbara Carrera as Fatima Blush and Max Von Sydow as Blofeld.

A View to a Kill (1985) was to be Roger Moore's 7th and final Bond movie, directed by John Glen and also starring Christopher Walken as Max Zorin, Tanya Roberts as Stacey Sutton, Grace Jones as May Day and Patrick Macnee as Sir Godfrey Tibbett.

It was also to be Lois Maxwell's last Bond film, she played Miss Moneypenny in all the official films, 14 times.

Kara: You were fantastic. We're free! 
Bond: Kara, we're inside a Russian airbase in the middle of Afghanistan. 

Timothy Dalton (1944-) was the fourth actor to play James Bond in the official series. The Living Daylights (1987) was the 15th Bond movie and it was directed by John Glen, also starring Maryam D'Abo as Kara Milovy, Jeroen Krabbe as Georgi Koskov, Joe Don Baker as Brad Whitaker, John Rhys-Davis as General Pushkin and Art Malik as Kamran Shah.

Bond: In my business you prepare for the unexpected.
Sanchez: And what business is that?
Bond: I help people with problems.
Sanchez: Problem solver.
Bond: More of a problem eliminator.

Licence to Kill (1989) was Timothy Dalton's second turn as 007 and his last. It was also director John Glen's 5th and final Bond movie. The film also starred Robert Davi as Franz Sanchez, Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier, Talisa Soto as Lupe Lamora, Benicio Del Toro as Dario, Anthony Zerbe as Milton Krest and David Hedison as Felix Leiter.

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