A Tribute To Sir Roger Moore | A Podcast Remembering The Great Man

Sir Roger Moore sadly passed away aged 89 on May 23rd 2017. As the ever popular, ever charming “People’s Bond” we decided to suspend our regular programming and instead put together a tribute to the great man.

Over the next 4+ hours we go through the messages of sympathy from the world of Bond from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig. We talk to Maddy Smith, Roger’s very first Bond girl. We’re joined by author of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond fan, Mark O’Connell, and we’re even joined by the great man himself as we revisit our interview with Sir Roger from 2016.

We also wanted to give a voice to Sir Roger’s fans around the world, so we put out a request for messages from the JBR listeners. What can only be described as a “server melting” response followed with over 3 hours of voicemails all sharing stories, memories and favourite moments of Sir Roger.

Being the lifelong fans of the great man that we all are, this episode serves as a love letter to Sir Roger and our way of thanking him for a lifetime of smiles.

Sir Roger, we salute you.

Tom & Chris
James Bond Radio


In celebration of Sir Roger, we’ve decided to run a collection for UNICEF. Let’s all put our hands in our pockets, make the great man proud and see if we can make some money for the charity closest to his heart.


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  • GerardoValero

    I first got to know about Sir Roger when I was about seven years old (around the time our country held its first World Cup in 1970). “The Saint” played on Saturday nights and , to tell you the truth, all I would stay up to watch in those days was its rather funny introduction with the guy who suddenly got a halo over his head while the “tururu ruru ru” theme played. A few years later “The Persuaders” came around and it became my favorite TV show. This means that Sir Roger has been around in my life pretty much since memory serves. When “Live and let die” opened in 1974 (yes, it took movies that long to open here in those days), it was the first Bond movie I ever saw in a theater and for me, the transition from Connery was as smooth as it could be (up to that point, I had only watched a couple of Connery re-issues in the cinema). These days I don’t see Sir Roger as the best Bond there ever was (I find Sean and Daniel better) but it was precisely while growing with the Moore Bonds that I gradually became the Bond fan that persist until this day. My father’s love for these movies were also a great factor in getting me involved with them and my main problem with Sir Roger retiring from the role was that I could never get my father involved in the series anymore. In later years I bought both of the Sir Roger books you mention in the podcast and started following him on Twitter, which brought a recomendation to follow a certain “James Bond Radio” so yes, I have Sir Roger to thank for that too.
    I learned about this death from his Twitter account just about as soon as the announcement came out and I’m a bit surprised about just how sad it has made me. Thans for this wonderful podcast.

  • Langford

    A touching podcast – listened to all of the audio messages, which only reinforced the widespread love of Sir Roger across the Bondverse. Sir Roger reflected (and helped create) a suave and fun ’70’s Bond, compared to the post-911 brutality of Daniel. While I really enjoy DC’s version, we should appreciate the more innocent times we’ve left behind. Sir Roger epitomized that era. Good on you, sir.

    By the way, streamed the first episode of the Persuaders tonight on Amazon – fun show with two great actors. And, in the end credits: “Lord Sinclair’s Clothes Designed by… Roger Moore ” My apologies if JBR has mentioned this before, but apparently Sir Roger helped create the wardrobe for the Persuaders?? Amazing!

    Take care,
    Station A

  • kilianbirner

    Thank you for this well-deserved tribute for this great man.

  • Simon Firth

    My word! I am completely and utterly amazed by the sheer breadth and volume of the outpouring of heartfelt words from so many people.

    I found out about Sir Roger’s passing when flicking through news stories on the web when I happened upon an article about how Roger was not good with the ladies as a child. ‘This will be fun’ I thought….until I read the introductory words, which were, that
    he had died!

    I blitzed other sites to find out what on earth was this ridiculous news, only to find it was true. This was about one hour after the story broke.

    I was unable to leave a message on your podcast as I have been properly crushed by this news ever since. After all, the great man was supposed to have lived forever. One surely cannot conceive of a world without Roger in it for some perfectly chosen and well delivered words.

    And so, after listening to ALL these messages, and as further tears came to my eyes, this served only to Prove I was incapable of leaving a voiced message in some coherent form.

    My measure of the man came to me in 1983 when, as a 17 year old boy listening to Sir Roger in interview while promoting Octopussy, he was asked why he was so nice and so eternally good natured. His response was that ‘You should always be nice to people on your way up, because you’re damn sure to meet them again on your way down.’

    I already liked the fictional character of Bond, but of all the actors, before or since, he was the only actor I maintained an interest in for some sort of role model.

    To quote another, quite patently, one of The finest men of our time.

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