RIP Roger Moore

Roger Moore, most famously-known for playing James Bond, passed away this week. He was always happy about being known as 007.

James Bond, as written by Ian Fleming, is a smarmy, violent, misogynist. In addition the 007 movies have taken the violence to new heights.  If you can think of it, Hollywood has blown it up in the name of British spydom.

So why am I a Bond fan? Why have I seen them all? More than once? Can probably tell you the names of the books and the movies in order? Why did I make a special trip to visit Schilthorn (On Her Majesty’s Secret Service locale) when I was in Switzerland? Have had more than one heated discussion about who was the best Bond?  It doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

Just one of my many quirks, I guess.

What’s your most outrageous “quirk”?

66 thoughts on “RIP Roger Moore”

  1. i always felt sorry for roger moore
    nice guy, good enough actor bit as has been proven meat in a suit is all those other james bond imatators have ever been . sean connery is the only true james bond and roger moore will always be known as the first in a long line of “those other james bonds”

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    1. Roger didn’t feel sorry for himself – he never thought of himself as a great actor – no big Hollywood ego there. I’m not arguing that he was the best Bond, but he did play Bond more than anyone else.

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        1. neither
          this is a normal wake up time for me. i have been busy busy lately with lots of travel and play acting my new role as person who others look to as responsible party to answe questions furnish strategy and provide insight. china is 13 hrs ahead so when i start to feel like i am caught up here i check my emails at 8pm and they all have questions and it goes til midnight. so i found out as i got on the plane to china for a 3 week trip that the landlord decided to invoke the 60?day notice retroactive 30 days . so i move tomorrow.
          excitement has kept the blog as my spice in life instead of my main morning focus as i prefer.
          maybe life will return to normal sometime soon or it may take a while and what is normal?

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      1. yes help is welcomed. memorial dayt weekend is not the ideal time buty it is our time
        start saturday at 8 end when we are done (truch through monday
        moving form

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        blooomington 55438
        to
        11696 mt curve rd
        eden prairie, mn 55347

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  2. Rise and Shine Baboons!

    I have always disliked James Bond movies after seeing my first one as a young teen with my cousins and crying because (of course) his true love interest dies. My cousins laughed at that. But at that point I had never even heard of 007 or know what the movie genre was. That had to have been “Her Majesties Secret Service, so I was 14 or 15.

    The quirk is, I am a copious movie crier, rarely venturing out to a movie without kleenex.

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    1. Maybe I am not that jerk. Maybe I am from Russia with Trump. We have tentacles everywhere. We know who you are. And we have embedded code for spies in all those movies. We have brain control over the weak minded with the movies.

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    2. Tried to use the WP app on my ipad instead of Safari at McDonalds. It says it does not know me and then I appear. I was ready to body slam it. Now I am home on my computer.

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  3. I am perhaps a seamless fabric of quirks. Is that a contradiction in terms? Isn’t a quirk an inconsistency? Then I am perhaps quirk free. No cause for outrage.

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        1. I’ve done a lot of different things for work over the years. Not sure if I’ve ever had a career or if I have, what it would be.

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  4. I suppose my repository of useless, arcane facts makes me quirky. I know of a middle school child who wore a Dr Who fez to school. Now that is quirky and brave.

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      1. Great idea! I believe the chapeau style might be the most flattering on me, but I’m easily swayed to the preference of the majority.

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        1. The Chapeau is a lot like a Scottish glengarry style hat. I agree it’s probably the most flattering but the tall fez makes more of a statement.

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        2. While it may be true that the tall fez makes more of a statement, I’m wondering if it’s the kind of statement we want to make? But what the heck do I know?

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  5. It’s nice we all have our quirks.
    I’ll say my quest to only wear sleeveless shirts is a quirk. There’s probably more but we’re not talking about them… 🙂

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  6. Rise and Shine Baboons!

    No favorite actors from the list above and traveling weekend ahead.

    I am headed to Iowa later today to visit my mother this weekend and to decorate family graves in the Nevada, Iowa cemetery. We are packing up the dogs, a bag o’ rhubarb for my sister, and flowers for my mother. It will be a car packed tight.

    I hope I return with a blog post and pictures of this beautiful old cemetery. Maybe I will even get an old family story for you next week since it appears we are running short on posts. I am hoping that while we search for a different old rural cemetery where our Old Settlers are buried, I also find a stash of morel mushrooms. My great Aunt showed me where she found them in that area, but it was a long time ago and I was young and not paying attention!

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  7. As a teen I must have seen one or two Tarzan films, and have only the vaguest recollection of them, so no favorite Tarzan. I’ve never seen a Batman movie, so no favorite there either. My favorite Miss Marple, hands down, was Margaret Rutherford; just loved everything about her in that role.

    I’m shocked to learn that there have been 38 actors portraying Sherlock Holmes. To my mind there has been exactly one Sherlock Holmes: Basil Rathbone. That newfangled Benedict Cumberbatch version doesn’t do a thing for me. I second tim’s assertion that Sean Connery is the one and only Bond, James Bond.

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  8. Miss Marple – Geraldine McEwan is far and away my favorite -she seems less provincial somehow than the others
    Sherlock – Robert Downey, Jr. (of course) – talk about a fresh look at an old character!
    James Bond – Sean, but I also enjoy Daniel Craig

    Haven’t watched enough to know there were multiples:
    Dr. Who, Tarzan

    Don’t care: Batman

    I’ll get something to you by end of today, VS.

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    1. I thought the whole point of Miss Marple was that she appeared provincial and a little ditzy and vague, so people tended to underestimate her. Making her more apparently astute would hobble the narrative some.

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  9. Elmo Lincoln. That was his screen name. I’ve never seen his version of Tarzan, but I love the fact that when he was choosing a Hollywood name, something dynamic and dashing, he chose Elmo.

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  10. Once when I was about 14 or so, my mother had me stay up with her one summer evening to watch the late show, a Johnny Weismueller Tarzan. Last one I have seen. I tired to read the author’s books, all the series, never got very far in any of them.

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    1. My dad loved Edgar Rice Burroughs. He read all the Tarzan series and the John Carter series more than once but he didn’t care for any of the on-screen versions. He said they just messed with what he already had in his imagination.

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  11. As a devoted reader of the Sherlock Holmes stories, even though I think they are not all that well written, I judge the various portrayals by how they portray Dr. Watson. If they make him a duffus, then I do not like the version. The stories did not quite invent the detective story, but he invented many of the stereotypes. I think the Cumberbatch/Freeman version is spectacular, very creative in style and modernization. One of the things about Sherlock is that he does adapt to any era. But the Cumberbatch ones are so dark. My psyche needs to avoid that degree of darkness, so I have only seen four of them.

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  12. It always surprises people when I say that I have never seen Dr. Who.
    Joan Hickson as Miss Marple. Have read a few of the books and Hickson comes closest to my image.
    We are currently watching the Father Brown mysteries with Mark Williams on Amazon or Netflix. These too are changed to a different era, post-WWII, an interesting era to use. Mark Williams is such a fine actor (Ron Weasley’s father). But they are a long way from Chesterton’s stories in point of view. Chesterton was a devout conservative catholic. He would not endorse the stories’ acceptance of gays and and Fr Brown’s ecumenicism.
    Sandy likes the Agatha Raisin series, on Acorn. They are all right. I tired to then read a couple of the books. Uh, no. But the books are a big hit.

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      1. I agree with vs. I’ve read 4 or 5 of the books and like them all right, but this is one of those rare cases where the TV version is better than the book; I think at least partially due to the fantastic costumes on the series. I would love to see more episodes. The books are a bit more racy than the show, but that’s not my issue with them. They are short though, for when you need a quick read. I’ll probably read more, but not a marathon though the series.

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    1. Another Australian series is the Dr. Blake mysteries. Going through the first three series on Netflix. Was on TPT. Do not know why I am hooked on them. Also set in post WWII era, which they use well.

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  13. I try not to be too obsessive about favorites. It’s fun to see what other things an actor can bring to a character. But I will say that Johnny Weismuller was the definitive Tarzan. Although the TV series with Ron Ely was weirdly fascinating – I wonder what their baby oil budget was. He was always glistening.

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