(CNN) – Roger Moore will always be the subject of debate among fans of the James Bond franchise. But as the longest-serving bearer of that title, it’s fair to say that 007 wouldn’t be the force that it has remained without him.
Sean Connery, who launched the movie series, left after six films, interrupted by one attempt to replace him with George Lazenby. Finding someone capable of filling those sizable shoes — mixing Bond’s sense of menace with his wry one-liners and suave manner with women — represented no small challenge.
Enter Moore, who was perhaps best-known to US audiences for his role in the TV series “The Saint.” Picking up in 1973 with “Live and Let Die,” arguably the best of his Bond movies, he successfully owned the role for the next dozen years,…. Read full story via cnn.com -> HERE!