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Roger Moore is 80 years old?!?



Mooreeyesonly Surely this is a misprint: Roger Moore is celebrating his 80th birthday today. In case you're wondering, that makes him three years older than the "007" he replaced -- Sean Connery.

Moore played "James Bond" from 1973 to 1985, appearing in what I believe are some of the best 007 films ("The Spy Who Loved Me" and "For Your Eyes Only") -- and easily the worst ("A View To A Kill"). To be honest, I preferred him to Connery and Pierce Brosnan. (And I'll also confess I thought Timothy Dalton's two turns as Bond were some of my favorites.)

His niche in the 007 library: He was the funniest of the Bonds. (Lest we forget his other great acting role of the 80s '-- "Seymour Goldfarb Jr." in 1981's "Cannonball Run.") And probably the most suave of the Bonds. (He's got his own official website, which in typically Bond fashion prompts visitors "Why not ask me a question?")

These days, Moore still makes an occasional screen appearance (he's hilariously "gay" in 2002's "Boat Trip" -- seriously, that movie kills me.) Mostly he spends his time serving as a UNICEF ambassador, a cause he continues to promote when he does appear in public.


"He was going to kill me. And you. Things like that tend to make me impulsive." (Seawolves, 1980)

"Now put your clothes back on, and I'll buy you an ice cream." (For Your Eyes Only, 1981)

"Do you think you can help me? Someone seems to have stuck a knife in my wallet." (Octopussy, 1983)

"Call me James. It's five days until Alaska." (A View To A Kill, 1985)

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