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Sir Roger Moore in 2015. (Photo: VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

Six actors have so far officially played iconic British spy James Bond, and here at Anglo Towers we regularly squabble over which one is our favorite (not to mention which one we’re most like).

So we were deeply saddened yesterday (May 23) to learn of the passing of Sir Roger Moore, 007’s third incarnation and the ultimate Bond according to some, after performances in movies like Live and Let Die (1973), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and For Your Eyes Only (1981).

The news and social media were filled with tributes, attesting as much to his philanthropic work and his caring character as to his enduring portrayal of the suave spy.

Leading them were such stars as Sir Michael Caine, a lifelong friend; Sir Paul McCartney, who sang the theme to Sir Roger’s Bond debut movie Live and Let Die; Jane Seymour, who starred alongside him as the psychic Solitaire in that same film, and Duran Duran, who recorded “A View to a Kill” for the 1985 film of the same name.

Chief among those paying their respects, however, were the other surviving Bonds, proving reports that they’re a tight-knit bunch.

Sir Sean Connery, who (if you don’t count the original Casino Royale) originated the role on the big screen in Dr No, reflected on his personal friendship with Sir Roger, telling the Hollywood Reporter: “I was very sad to hear of Roger’s passing.

“We had an unusually long relationship by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter, I will miss him.”

George Lazenby, who starred in just one Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), wrote in a statement, “I liked Roger, he was a genuine fellow, a really good guy.”

Bond number five, Pierce Brosnan, shared a photo on Facebook of himself with Sir Roger, writing: “You were a big part of my life… you were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humor for years to come. My sincerest condolences to your family and children.”

Even that man of few words and current Bond Daniel Craig opened up with his own short tribute on the official James Bond Twitter account, writing simply: “Nobody Does It Better – love Daniel.”

Keeping schtum, however, were Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Tom HardyAidan Turner, and Damian Lewis. Now, hang on a minute. Don’t get carried away. There are many possible reasons for this, and we couldn’t possibly speculate.

Oh, whoops. We just did.

Who’ll be the seventh Bond is anyone’s guess, but in the mean time let’s take a moment to remind ourselves of number three. Here’s Sir Roger making his greatest ever entrance as Bond, in that famous opening sequence to 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me:

Sir Roger Moore, 14 October 1927 – 23 May 2017.

Nobody does it better, indeed.

Which of Roger Moore’s Bond movies do you love the most? 

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.