Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Aloha to Weekly Winners, Roger Moore, and James Bond

We have winners at SOS Aloha - Library Pat and Carol L. win a book choice from my convention stash!

I wasn't sure what I would feature today ... until I read the news about Roger Moore's passing at age 89.  He was my first Bond. James Bond.

As a teen, I enjoyed my first Bond movie, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME. At the time, I was intrigued by everything Egypt - my interest was fed by King Tut's world tour of his glorious artifacts. While the movie poster promises Egypt's antiquities, the opening scene takes us to Switzerland and the spectacular parachute jump with the Union Jack.  A few notes on the piano leads to Carly Simon singing ...  

Nobody does it better
Makes me feel sad for the rest
Nobody does it half as good as you
Baby, you're the best.

Roger Moore took Bond in a different direction than his predecessor, Sean Connery.  Moore's Bond was tongue in cheek with spy gadgets, karate chops, and his signature drink - Martini, shaken not stirred.  Moore starred in seven Bond movies - the most of all the Bond actors.  THE SPY WHO LOVED ME remains my favorite with FOR YOUR EYES ONLY as a close second.  What's not to love about the Greek ruins, a take control heroine, and sky high monastery?

Aghia Triatha, Meteora, Greece

After he gave up the Bond role, Moore became a UN Goodwill Ambassador at nudging of his Swiss neighbor, Audrey Hepburn.  Even in his passing, Roger Moore will always be remembered for his twinkling eyes and inviting smile.

I am giving away a book choice from my book stash to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,

1. Leave a comment about Roger Moore - did you enjoy him in other roles?  Do you have a favorite Bond movie, location, or song?

2.Comments are open through Sunday, May 28, 10 pm in Baltimore.

3. I'll post the winner on Monday, May 29.


Kim in Baltimore
Aloha Spirit in Charm City

Barbara Bach as Russian Agent Triple X
with Bond in the Karnak Temple
Luxor, Egypt


  1. Although I did enjoy him as Bond, I still have to go back to Sean Connery as my favorite. I found it hard to believe he was 89 since I still remember him in his Bond roles.

    1. Sean Connery was also awesome as 007 - they portrayed them with different personalities.

  2. I first knew Roger Moore from his TV Show 'The Saint'. I loved how he would inject a bit of humor into his roles with a twinkle in his eye.

  3. I loved Roger Moore. Had the biggest crush on him in my teens. But I adored him in The Saint also. So sad to hear of his passing. Thanks for posting about him today. Make no mistake though Sean Connery looks great in a kilt. :)
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  4. I only know Roger Moore from the James Bond movies. Skyfall is my favorite Bond movie.

  5. He was also my favorite Bond. There was a sophistication and likeability to him as well as that disarming, understated sense of humor to him. I don't remember his being a UN Goodwill Ambassador, but he was perfect for the position.

  6. Roger Moore was my introduction to the Bond movies. I actually remember seeing him in a WWII movie THE SEA WOLVES. It was very good.

  7. Not really no. Can't think of any at the moment.

  8. Loved him in The Saint......congrats to the winners....enjoy.

  9. I love James Bond movies and have seen them all. When I visited Greece, I saw the monastery they used in the movie.

  10. I will always think of Roger Moore as James Bond since that's who was playing the role when I first saw James Bond.

  11. I don't think I ever saw Roger in another movie. Don't have a fav Bond movie.

  12. I loved Roger as Bond!! My dad was always a Bond fan and us kids would get to watch them with him every year. Now I look back and think wow, those weren't exactly kid movies. LOL.

  13. RIP, Roger. No favorite movie.
    Natty's Mama

  14. Thank you. Congratulations, Carol.