[Sir] Roger Moore—Saint, Persuader and the suavest James Bond—dies aged 89 (theguardian.com).
“He was the epitome of the suave English gent, quipping sweatlessly in a bespoke three-piece suit, who enjoyed an acting career spanning eight decades. On Tuesday, Roger Moore’s children announced his death at the age of 89 in Switzerland, saying: ‘he passed away today … after a short but brave battle with cancer’. Moore was best known for playing the third incarnation of James Bond as well as his roles in hit shows The Saint and The Persuaders. He also devoted a lot of his time to humanitarian work, becoming a Unicef goodwill ambassador in 1991.”
And “who was the best Bond” for many, like it is for “who was the best Doctor Who” will depend upon who’s Bond they grew up with: Roger Moore was the best Bond because he was the Generation X Bond (nytimes.com).
“My James Bond is not macho compensation for lost imperial power, like Mr. Connery, or an anxious avatar of globalization, like Mr. Craig. He is a cartoon superhero in evening wear, a man whose mission is to embody—and, therefore, to transcend—a secondhand, second-rate age, to be cool and clever in a world determined to be as lame and dumb as possible. Nobody did that better than Roger Moore.”
And never again will a mighty eyebrow say so much.