In one of his final interviews before stepping down as 007 in 1985, Roger Moore shared his thoughts about his last outing and the series in general...

Roger Reflects

4th January 2012

Just a few weeks before he would announce he was ending his time as James Bond, Roger Moore gave an interview to the Ottawa Citizen about his final outing "A View To A Kill" and some thoughts on the series in general. Unfortunately for the newspaper, they slightly misjudged their headline. Here are some key extracts from the original piece published over 25 years ago:

The Urbane Roger Moore Still Happy Portraying James Bond - Saturday May 25th 1985 (The Citizen, Ottawa)

On how his interpretation of the role differed to his predecessors:
"My attitude is that it's completely unreal. Here you've got this secret agent who's recognized by every barman in the world and they know that he takes his vodka martinis shaken and not stirred. It's crazy. What sort of secret agent is that? So you know that it is a spoof already before you start. I don't like to play him as a true-blue hero. There's always a moment of doubt in Bond's mind. I mean, if I save the girl, I may get killed doing it. So I always let that go through my mind and then say, 'Oh, to hell with it, I've read the script. I know I'm going to live.'"

On the predictability of the Bond movie structure:
"It's exactly the same as a child wanting to hear a bedtime story and if you change a word or leave out a few lines because you think he's fallen asleep or you're bored and you want to get off to bed yourself, look out! We want the comfort of sameness."

On Sean Connery's the rival Bond production "Never Say Never Again: a couple of years prior:
"I think the director, not being English, didn't understand what was happening in development of characters in terms of what is English and what is not English. Sean deserved better than that."

On clashes with co-star Grace Jones:
"I would have to unplug her cassette recorder. Such loud music. And that mad, hysterical laughter. Oh, I suppose she was a bit nervous of me because she was giving the odd interview where she was trying to point out that Hans, her boyfriend, would be far more suited to playing the role than myself. So presumably she was waiting for the day to arrive when I would read it and throw an ax at her. I didn't. But I had that as a sword of Damocles to hold over her head."

On the fate of the Bond girls:
"If they get in between the sheets with Bond in the first two reels, then you know they'll have to pay for their sins. There's a little justice being meted out by Cubby Broccoli."

On the diminishing sex scenes:
"There's always been less sex in Bond than people think there is. Cubby said years ago that Bond was sadism for the family. The notion of sexuality in Bond stems from Ursula Andress coming out of the water in Dr. No wearing a bikini which by today's standards would be a golfing outfit. Sex in Bond is suggested but never suggestive."

On filming the 'suggested' sex scenes:
"They always pick the coldest day of the year, and usually a Monday morning when the studio's been shut all weekend, and the heat's been turned of, so you're freezing cold. And you've got 60 to a hundred people standing around and electricians up on the rail staring down. There's very little romance. If you can get really excited about doing that, you should be starring in blue movies."

On the rumours of Pierce Brosnan taking over the role:
"He'd be splendid, I'm quite sure."

On what his traits his eventual successor should have:
"Well, you have to be prepared to get up early and say your lines and not trip over the furniture. And you have to be prepared to answer questions with a smile on your face when you're asked how your Bond compares to Roger Moore's."

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