Although he describes his acting techniques by simply saying “You just have to look at the lines, say them, and don’t bump into the furniture”, Moore will always carry the nickname James Bond and is therefore JamesEdition’s indirect namesake.
In memory of his lifetime achievement as the world’s most renowned secret agent, we have collected some of the most iconic Bond items featured in the 7 movies Moore starred in.
They say there’s a first for everything. In 1973, two debuts took place simultaneously. Roger Moore took over his first role as James Bond in Live and Let Die. And – for the first time – Bond’s watch was equipped with hidden gadgets courtesy of mastermind Q.
Of course, Bond couldn’t just have any watch. In fact, he was wearing a Rolex Submariner 5513. This particular model dates back to 1983 – the year Octopussy premiered. It might not be able to serve as a circular saw but it will definitely charm any Bondgirl.
You can get your own piece of Bond history by browsing a selection of Rolex Submariner 5531 here.
8 years later – in 1981 – Bond’s car accidentally self-destructs in the movie For Your Eyes Only. The agent then has to resort to his current darling’s bright yellow Citroen 2CV. This particular model from 1965 has just undergone a professional renovation and features an excellently restored interior and superb mechanicals.
If you would prefer to get a hold of the self-destructed and completely re-built Lotus Esprit, take a look at this model from 1995.
Upon filming his last Bond movie A View to Kill in 1985, Moore also had the pleasure to ride in a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. This model has a longstanding history within the world of James Bond. It used to be the producer’s personal car which he’d bought in 1962 – most likely to celebrate the end of post-production for the very first Bond film.
This gorgeous model from 1965 comes equipped with an automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows, rear folding picnic trays, wood dash and includes the spare tire. It’s exquisite design combines old English white with a burgundy interior and would’ve definitely suited Moore as well as Bond.
In A View to Kill, the Silver Cloud can be seen being pushed into a lake. However, it’s actually a 1958 Bentley S1 doubling for the Rolls during that specific scene.
A model of this Bell 206 Jet Ranger can be seen in 3 of Moore’s Bond movies: Moonraker (1979), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and For Your Eyes Only (1981). In the last one, Bond visits his wife’s grave when he is being picked up for an emergency by a Bell 206 helicopter owned and operated by the Secret Intelligence Service’s cover organization Universal Exports.
At age 89, Roger Moore said his final goodbye. But he will never be forgotten. And just like he said: “Being eternally known as Bond has no downside” – James is the one character he will always be remembered for.
By Vanessa Löffler