Sunday, June 30, 2013
Roger Moore, The Man With The Golden Apology Needed
News this week came that Liam Neeson would be reprising his role as a man with a "particular set of skills" for a 3rd go-round in Taken 3. When the film releases in 2014 or 2015, Neeson will be the ripe young age of 62 or 63 playing an action powerhouse badass. Also this week, a trailer arrived for the new Sylvester Stallone/Arnold Swarzenegger team up Escape Plan. Both also had solo adventures this past winter with The Last Stand (see it!!!) and Bullet To The Head (have some beers while you watch it!).
This is not without mentioning both Expendables films. Both are days away from being 66 and 67 years old. Bruce Willis also continues to keep trucking having a another Die Hard film come out this past February. He's 58. We push these guys to continue what they're doing. While the one-man action film genre is becoming more of a niche product, there's still the demand and the acceptance to see these men do what they do. And what's nobody complaining about? Age.
You shouldn't feel that way, Roger. Not at all.
Yes, his age was starting to show physically a bit in those last two films. But, Roger Moore has aged quite well over the years. I'd say better than that of most men. Especially of his generation. Roger Moore approaching 60 looked as good as men in their 40s approaching 50. His charisma, charm and performance abilities were able to overcome any shortcomings in his biological age. Sure, he couldn't perform all the stuntwork required, and effects of the day did not allow for a computer generated face to be placed on the stunt double, but that goes beyond Roger Moore.
my least favorite Bond film), but its not a bad film because Roger's too old, that's for sure. I do find A View To A Kill to be underrated in the Bond cannon. Its only ever praise comes for the film's title song. And I don't think it'd been that way had Timothy Dalton or Pierce Brosnan made their debut with the film. Roger Moore's Bond swan song was a far more graceful effort that the 3+ clubs other members Connery (Diamonds Are Forever) and Pierce Brosnan (Die Another Day). Craig is yet to be seen as he has 2 more films left (contractually).
So why is it we keep pushing these well past their ages stars to continue kicking ass, but Roger was just too old to be in that club. Heck, I think fans now would definitely take a 62 year old Daniel Craig taking on adventures as 007. Its not like Roger Moore was a hated James Bond during his day either. He was quite celebrated as Bond. He was THE James Bond to his generation. There was mass debate in the late 70s and early 80s as to whether Connery was your Bond or it was Roger. I had a split in my household. My mom was a Roger Moore fan and my dad a Connery guy. So that can't be it. Moore's final film also set him a record as having played Bond in the official cannon the most times (7). A feat that will likely never be topped.