[Movies] Roger Moore Explains How James Bond Has Stayed Relevant
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 09.26.2012
While discussing the Bond 50 boxed set...
IGN spoke with former James Bond actor, Roger Moore, who talked about the upcoming James Bond 50th Anniversary Blu-ray release and much more:
On his promotional tour for 50 years of Bond: "I'm starting a tour very shortly promoting my new book, which celebrates 50 years of Bond. The box set that they've just come out with, which is 22 Bond films all on Blu-ray, comes in a nice presentation box. They are touring England with a case that is on a timer promoting the Blu-ray collection, the golden years. I think they're looking forward to brilliant sales because it's being world-publicized. There is no film franchise that can boast 22 films over 50 years. It's completely unique. So you have this whole collection all together for the first time on Blu-ray. It doesn't take up the room that the old box sets had. It looks really good, easy to carry around -- great Christmas present. I'm looking forward to being given one, actually. [Laughs]"
On how Bond has stayed relevant for decades: "I think that is completely due to Harry Saltzman and Cubby Broccoli at the beginning. Harry Saltzman was no longer with it after Live and Let Die. But Cubby Broccoli never cheated the audience. Everything was put on the screen in terms of the money they had to spend. Fortunately, the chip off the old block, as they say, is Barb Broccoli, who has continued the franchise since Cubby's death, and does it with equal taste and enthusiasm."
His favorite Bond theme song: "It has to be -- it's very sad, I heard the other day about Marvin Hamlisch's death -- it was Marvin's song. It's sort of sad that we associate all the music from the Bond-verse with John Barry, who's no longer with us also. But I think "Nobody Does It Better" was a great song. I remember we were staying in the same block of apartments when we were doing Spy [Who Loved Me]. It'd be three o'clock in the morning, and I could hear Marvin bashing out on the piano working on the song. I was trying to keep him from hitting the loud pedal so much. [Laughs] "
On the new videogame 007 Legends using Daniel Craig's version of Bond for a Moonraker mission: "Well, Daniel Craig will sell more video games than me, so I think that's what they should do. I'm not aware of the game, but I'm all for it."