Hollywood bid adieu to one of it’s best Bonds ever on May 23, 2017. Roger Moore who potrayed Agent 007 through the period of 1973 to 1985, passed away after a battle with cancer. The knighted actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador acted in the most number of films in the Bond franchise, and was also the oldest actor to essay the role. His approach and treatment of the character earned him the reputation of being the best Bond in the eyes of several fans including yours truly.
Besides being suave and having fancy gadgets, Moore has mouthed some of punchiest, wicked and sarcastic dialogues in the James Bond films. Here are some memorable dialogues.
1) Live and Let Die (1973)
This was Moore’s maiden film in the franchise which sees him on a mission to stop Harlem drug baron Mr Big scheme involving heroine. His romantic interest in the film is Rosie Carver, a CIA double agent.
Rosie: There’s a snake!
Bond: Oh yes, you must never go in there without a mongoose.
2) The Man With The Golden Gun (1974)
Here James Bond is led to believe that he is targeted by the world’s most expensive assassin while he attempts to recover sensitive solar cell technology that is being sold to the highest bidder. The antagonist is Francisco Scaramanga. Lazar is the Portuguese goldsmith who produces bullets for Scaramanga, while Beirut belly dancer Saida is the quintessential Bond girl.
Lazar: Mr. Bond, bullets do not kill. It is the finger that pulls the trigger.
James Bond: Exactly. I am now aiming precisely at your groin. So speak or forever hold your piece.
Saida: Ah! I’ve lost my charm!
James Bond: Not from where I’m standing.
3) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
In the film James Bond investigates the hijacking of British and Russian submarines carrying nuclear warheads with the help of a KGB agent whose lover he killed.
James Bond: Which bullet has my name on it? The first or the last?
Agent XXX: I have never failed on a mission, Commander. Any mission.
James Bond: In that case, Major, one of us is bound to end up gravely disappointed, because neither have I.
4) Moonraker (1979)
This one has James Bond investigating the mid-air theft of a space shuttle where he discovers a plot to commit global genocide.
Hugo Drax: Why did you break up the encounter with my pet python?
James Bond: I discovered it had a crush on me.
Dr. Holly Goodhead: Come on, Mr. Bond. A 70-year-old can take 3 G’s.
James Bond: Well, the trouble is there’s never a 70-year-old around when you need one.
5) For Your Eyes Only (1981)
After disposing of a familiar looking face, Bond is sent to recover a communication device, known as an ATAC, which went down with a British Spy ship as it sunk. Bond must hurry though, as the Russians are also out for this device. On his travels, he also meets Melina Havelock, whose parents were brutally murdered. Bond also encounters both Aristotle Kristatos and Milos Colombo. Each of them are accusing the other of having links with with the Russian’s. Bond must team up with Melina, solve who the true ally is and find the ATAC before it’s too late.
Miss Moneypenny: James!
James Bond: Moneypenny, a feast for my eyes!
Miss Moneypenny: What about the rest of you?
James Bond: Well, I was going to get around to that.
James Bond: [after a shark swims past him] I hope he was dining alone!
6) Octopussy (1983)
A fake Fabergé egg and a fellow agent’s death lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces. His mission brings him to India, and more specifically Udaipur. The film also had our very own pride of tennis – Vijay Amritraj playing a small role in the film. Kabir Bedi was also a part of the film.
Vijay: I hear the Island is exclusively for women, no men allowed.
Bond: Sexual discrimination, I will definitely have to pay it a visit.
Kamal Khan: You have a nasty habit of surviving.
James Bond: You know what they say about the fittest.
7) A View To A Kill (1985)
An investigation of a horse-racing scam leads 007 to a mad industrialist who plans to create a worldwide microchip monopoly by destroying California’s Silicon Valley.
James Bond: My department knows I’m here. When I don’t report they’ll retaliate.
Max Zorin: If you’re the best they’ve got, they’re more likely to try and cover up your embarrassing incompetence.
James Bond: Don’t count on it, Zorin.
Max Zorin: [laughs] Ha ha, you amuse me, Mr. Bond.
James Bond: It’s not mutual.
James Bond: Well my dear, I take it you spend quite a lot of time in the saddle.
Jenny Flex: Yes, I love an early morning ride.
James Bond: Well, I’m an early riser myself.