26-Dec-2017 • Bond News
In a larger feature by Entertainment Weekly paying tribute to the stars we lost in 2017, James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli remember the longest-serving 007, Sir Roger Moore, who passed away on May 23rd, 2007 at the age of 89:
BARBARA BROCCOLI Roger was such an incredibly charismatic, charming, funny, professional man, and his relationship with Cubby was so extraordinary. Cubby would be on the set all day, and they used to play backgammon for a pound a point. You would hear them yelling obscenities at each other when they won or lost. Roger would make fun of himself. You know: “Eyebrow up, eyebrow down.” I think he’s tremendously underrated. It was very difficult to pull off what he did, particularly following Sean Connery.
MICHAEL G. WILSON He did seven Bond films, and he made the character his own. He didn’t try to imitate Sean. He had a much more lighthearted touch when I think the world was looking for that. He is a person no one had a bad word for. He was always very good-natured on set, making others feel comfortable. If somebody came up for an autograph, he’d chat with them, even if it was an inappropriate time. He was just a wonderful fellow.