Monday, May 20, 2024

Roger Moore, The Longest Running James Bond and TV’s “The Saint,” Dies at 89


Roger Moore, the longest running James Bond and TV’s “The Saint,” has died at age 89. The beloved actor was a raconteur extraordinaire. I hold him in great esteem because some time ago he and Michael Caine took Elaine Kaufman– who never ever left Elaine’s for anything — with them to the Deauville Film Festival. They were all great pals. Condolences to Moore’s family, and to Michael Caine, who was his BFF.

Everyone has a nostalgic idea of Sean Connery as James Bond. But Roger Moore made more Bond movies than Connery, and quite a few better ones including “The Spy Who Loved Me,” “Live and Let Die,” and “Octopussy.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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