rlier today, beloved British actor Sir Roger Moore died at the age of 89. Moore was best-known for his role as James Bond and made his debut as the suave secret agent in Live and Let Die in 1973. And, obviously, he has a special little place in horological history as well.
Born in London in 1927, Moore served in the British military during World War II, later spending time in West Germany as a second lieutenant and later a captain. After his service, he went on to become a model in the early 1950s and eventually made his way into acting through television, where he made a name for himself in the 1958 series Ivanhoe. Worldwide fame came later, with The Saint (1962-1969), but Moore’s biggest role would come in 1973, when he was cast as James Bond in Live and Let Die. Moore went onto star in seven total Bond films, including The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), and A View To Kill (1985).
For watch lovers, Moore’s biggest moment was when he sported a Rolex Replica Submariner reference 5513 with a custom buzz-saw bezel in Live and Let Die. This watch recently came up for auction at Phillips in September 2015 and sold for a whopping CHF 365,000 – and it doesn’t even tell time. This watch solidified Moore’s place in badass watch history, alongside other Bonds from Connery to Craig.
We are sorry to hear of Moore’s passing and think a good binge-watch of those golden age Bond films might be in order this weekend in his memory.Photo (Top): Courtesy Metro UK