in south London on October 14, 1927, Moore originally intended
on becoming a painter, but later turned to animation. He
started acting as an extra and studied at the Royal Academy of
Drama before being inducted into the British Army. After
serving in an entertainment unit during World War II, he worked
in theatre, radio and television, as well as modeling and working
as a salesman to make ends meet.
1953, he came to the United States and got a film contract qwith
MGM. After supporting roles in several films, he was cast
in his first big television role in Ivanhoe, followed shortly
thereafter by Maverick. It was his starring role
on The Saint, though, that made him a star and prevented
him from becoming the original James Bond.
first Bond movie, Live
and Let Die, was released in 1973. It has been said
that Moore was closer to Ian Fleming's original concept of Bond--
a disenfranchised member of the British Establishment as opposed
to Connery's more rough-and-tumble Bond. Moore retired as
Agent 007 in 1985, after A
View to a Kill was released. In all, he made seven
Bond films, more than any other Bond (not counting Connery's "unofficial"
has continued to act occasionally since retiring from the Bond
series, and in 1999 became the first James Bond to be honored
by the British government, receiving a Commander of the British