Days after the passing of Sir Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan talks about the James Bond legacy that the Hollywood star has left behind.
Pierce Brosnan paid a tribute to late actor Roger Moore in an article for Variety, published on May 30. The 64-year-old, who portrayed James Bond from 1995 to 2002, spoke candidly about his hero, fourth in line of actors who played the famous secret agent, Sir Roger Moore.
Brosnan recalls that when he was 12, he discovered the Bond movies and Moore became “my first real hero.”
“Only on reflection do I see how much of an influence Roger Moore had on me as a young Irish immigrant lad from the banks of the River Boyne”, he writes, describing his hero as having “exceptional skill and comic timing laced with a stiletto vengeance”.
He adds that Roger Moore was the only actor he has ever asked for an autograph from. At age 12, his parents took him to Battersea Park, to meet the Hollywood star. “I lined up by the Ferris wheel and waited my turn to get his autograph”, he remembers.
As an adult, he met Moore when his wife at the time, Cassandra Harris, got the role of the Bond girl on For Your Eyes Only, in 1981.
Years later, when Brosnan was filming for his first James bond movie, GoldenEye, in 1995, Moore visited the set and wished him well. “I was still in awe of the man.”
The last time the two actors have met was at the Albert Hall for a tribute to Cubby Broccoli.
“I am so proud to have known the kindness and humanity of Sir Roger Moore”, Brosnan ended his piece.
Sir Roger Moore passed away on May 23, in Switzerland, after “a short but brave battle with cancer”.He was 89.
Moore portrayed James Bond in 7 movies, from 1973 to 1985.
Brosnan played the Bond character in 4 movies, from 1995 to 2002.