James Bond has changed often in the movies, but when I was growing up, Roger Moore was the perfect epitome of Bond: suave, cosmopolitan, and slightly tongue-in-cheek. Appropriately, he starred in seven Bond movies as 007, beginning in 1973 with Live and Let Die, and ending in with A View to a Kill in 1985. That's quite a run; as my colleague Jon Foro remarked this morning, "He was our Bond."
So here's to Roger Moore, who helped to create such a lasting icon in our culture. He died at the age of 89 after a short battle with cancer. His children announced his death in a letter, which stated in part, "We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement."