Roger Moore, Christopher Walken, Richard Kiel and
Christopher Lee appeared on the popular ABC show
Good Morning America back
latest James Bond movie "A View
To A Kill"...
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13th June 2011
Stars Roger Moore and Christopher
Walken appeared on the popular ABC show Good Morning America
back on Tuesday, 15th May 1985,
the latest James Bond blockbuster, "A
View To A Kill", and were joined by 007 alumni Christopher
Lee (Scaramanga) and Richard
Kiel (Jaws) to talk about the villains
of the series.
What are the keys to being a great
villain, and making it believable?
Well there is a distinction between being a villain in
a Bond film and any other film. In a Bond film, the villain
- in a way - is really the dark side of Bond. I think
I have pretty good authority for saying that because
Ian Fleming was my cousin. Up until he died, I talked
to him on countless occasions at great length - mostly
on the golf course, the same one he describes in Goldfinger
- about the stories and about Bond, who he was based
on, and of course the villains.
In the case of the Bond villains, they are very
colourful, they have to be larger than life and somewhat exotic.
And as Ian once said to me, in way the other side, the dark side,
Roger Moore: I've only had the chance to play
a villain on a couple of occasions, but really it was more a
case of someone who was not particularly nice. But the director
told me: always play the villain as if he were the hero because
you must believe in what you are doing.
Why did you take the role in a Bond film?
Christopher Walken: It was a good part for
me. I've seen the movies all my life. The other day, I have
a nephew and he saw his first Bond movie mat age 15, and
it reminded me that I saw my first Bond at the same age.
So, he'll go to see this and it's almost deja vu.
Hopefully I play a worthy opponent for Bond. Bond doesn't
take on just anybody. So the villains have to be larger than
life to match Bond, who obviously is.
What is it like to play a character that nobody roots for?
Richard Kiel: Well I think things went awry for that particular
character, Jaws, because some people ended up rooting for
him. A bit
like the road-runner and coyote.
I don't know what it was
about him, but people kind of liked him. There was some
humour and a report between Jaws and Bond, and some mutual
between the two characters.
On the humour angle, how to you keep it straight opposite Roger?
Christopher Lee: It is extremely difficult to play any scene with Roger without
most of the time because he's a very funny man and I've known him for a very
time, and he's proves he's a very funny man every time he opens his mouth.
We had a wonderful time on The Man With The Golden Gun and it was one of the
happiest experiences I've had making a film. I've done a couple of other things
with Roger over the years but nothing else at that level, and nothing else as