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22nd August 2023

A look back at the James Bond interviews hosted by the late Sir Michael Parkinson

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Television presenter, broadcaster, journalist, author, and national treasure Sir Michael Parkinson passed away at the age of 88 last week. Over the decades of his illustrious career, he interviewed many high-profile celebrities, often securing chats with those most reluctant to the format. 

In 2002, he presented the BAFTA Tribute to James Bond, a 90-minute all-star celebration of 007 that included every actor in the franchise to date save Sir Sean Connery. Although the interview segments in this format were brief, Parkinson hosted one-on-one conversations with Sir Roger Moore and Sir Sean Connery years prior.

Although not exhaustive, as many of Parkinson's interviews are not available online, here is a selection from over the years:

James Bond A BAFTA Tribute: Parkinson hosts a celebration of forty years of the most successful movie series ever. Tribute is paid to the talent behind the stunts, gadgets, music, and design, while Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, George Lazenby, and Sean Connery contribute their thoughts. Also appearing are Ursula Andress, Halle Berry, John Cleese, and Christopher Lee.

Sir Roger Moore: From 1980, Roger tells the story of how Sir Ken Adam chortled at his expense in Venice whilst shooting Moonraker.

Sir Sean Connery: The original 007 talked to Parkinson in 2003 about his life and career after the host said he had been trying for 30 years to secure the interview. Another guest in the episode was future Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

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