Moore is undisputedly best remembered for assuming the role of James Bond from 1973 to 1985, appearing in films from Live and Let Die, his debut as the British spy, to his final appearance as 007 in A View to Kill (1985.)

James Bond Hildesheim Exhibition (1998) Original German exhibition poster (yellow background) designed by Robert McGinnis for the James Bond exhibition at the Roemer und Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim James Bond Hildesheim Exhibition (1998) Original German exhibition poster (yellow background) designed by Robert McGinnis for the James Bond exhibition at the Roemer und Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim

To mark the talent of a silver screen giant, we've picked 3 of Moore's finest appearances, along with the original film posters coming up for auction at Ewbank's on 1st June, 2017.

The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

nr005955-1_1 James Bond The Man With The Golden Gun (1974) US Insert film poster, West Hemi, starring Roger Moore & Christopher Lee, United Artists

This was the ninth James Bond feature film and the second to star Roger Moore. Adapted from Ian Fleming's novel of the same name, The Man with the Golden Gun was the fourth and last Bond film directed by Guy Hamilton.

Culturally, the film was significant, even if it was met with criticism in reviews. It was set during the 1973 British energy crisis, an issue that was still rife when the film was released in 1974.

Christopher Lee, who would become the master of the onscreen villain, played the antagonist role of Scaramanga. An interesting Bond villain, Scaramanga was portrayed as Bond's alter-ego. Lee, who assumed the role, was in fact Bond creator Ian Flrming's step-cousin.

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

James Bond The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Italian Locandina film poster, starring Roger Moore, MGM/UA James Bond The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Italian Locandina film poster, starring Roger Moore, MGM/UA

The Spy Who Loved Me was the tenth Bond film instalment and the third to star Moore. The film script was not adapted from Fleming's novel of the same name. Unlike its predecessor, the film was well received by the critics, even receiving three Academy Awards nominations.

The film was Moore's favourite Bond appearance, and the critics agreed. He was praised for his suave deliverance, sophistication and simultaneous tongue-in-cheek self-mockery.

Moonraker (1979)

James Bond Moonraker (1979) British Quad film poster, starring Roger Moore, United Artists James Bond Moonraker (1979) British Quad film poster, starring Roger Moore, United Artists

Moonraker, Moore's fourth appearance was the third and final film in the Bond series to be directed by Lewis Gilbert. And boy was it an expensive one, costing a massive £26 million to make. The science fiction Bond came about following the success of the Star Wars films.

The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, eventually becoming the highest-grossing film of the Bond series, totalling £162 603 960 worldwide,a record that was only broken in 1995 by GoldenEye.

Moore was praised as timeless for his portrayal of the world's most famous spy.

 

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