The Bond of today is very different from the one of yesteryear. In Quantum Of Solace, Daniel Craig plays a super spy who is tough, determined, and open to bending the rules. He also uses violence in droves if it helps him get his own way. Very different than the Bond played by Roger Moore.
Moore’s Bond was more about getting the job done while having as much sex as possible. There was also tongue-in-cheek humor in droves and cliches by the bucket load. So it’s no wonder Moore doesn’t really recognize today’s Bond from the one he played in seven films between 1973 and 1985.
He recently spoke to The Telegraph about his experience as Bond as part of the promotion for My Word Is My Bond, his memoirs. He told them:
“I am happy to have done it, but I’m sad that it has turned so violent. That’s keeping up with the times, it’s what cinema-goers seem to want and it’s proved by the box office figures.”
“I would love to be remembered as one of the greatest Lears or Hamlets. But, as that’s not going to happen, I’m quite happy I did Bond.”
The thing with playing James Bond is that it stays with your for the rest of your career. Sean Connery managed to have a healthy career outside of the franchise but Moore will always be Bond to me. Here’s hoping Daniel Craig manages to break out of the typecast once he gives the job up, which hopefully won’t be for a long time to come.