On May 23, 2017, legendary English actor, Sir Roger Moore, died at the age of 89.
While Moore was known for many things, he was easily most famous for playing Agent 007 himself, James Bond. Moore played Bond from 1973 to 1985, the longest run as Bond of any actor who has ever played him. Moore’s Bond differed from the suave Sean Connery’s and the intimidating Daniel Craig’s. His portrayal of the character was marked by a sort of affable charm. He didn’t scare his enemies; he only bested them. Yet still, Moore’s Bond went through his share of awesome moments, many of which took place in the sky. Here are Sir Roger Moore’s best Bond Skydiving Moments.
Moonraker: Bond’s Skydiving Battle
There is no worse feeling than falling from the sky with no parachute. But this is exactly the situation Roger Moore’s James Bond found himself in during 1979’s Moonraker. However, contrary to how most of us would react, Bond played it cool. Darting down through the sky to meet up with his skydiving enemy, Bond is able to wrestle away a parachute, sending his enemy to his death, and saving his own life in the process. But his skydiving experience doesn’t end there. Soon after he wrestles away the parachute, iconic Bond villain, Jaws, comes swooping down, attempting to end Bond for good.
But right before Jaws clamps his metal teeth onto Bond’s leg, Bond pulls his parachute, losing Jaws and living to see another day.
To this day, this remains one of the best-shot scenes in the history of James Bond movies. It affords incredible views of the sky from a number of different angles, and really makes you feel like you’re in on the action. The nuanced camera movements bring an element to the scene that is not present in many other Bond scenes. While some deem Moonraker to be an overall disappointment, this scene is as good as they come. It’s certainly one of Moore’s finer moments.
The Spy Who Loved Me: Extreme Ski Jump
Perhaps the most exciting opening scene in any James Bond movie exists in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me. Moore’s Bond begins the scene with a lover in a cabin atop the Austrian mountains. As he leaves the cabin, it’s revealed that his lover is actually an enemy Russian combatant. She alerts her Russian brethren to Bond’s departure, prompting them to chase him down the mountains on skis. Bond fights them off for several minutes, knocking them over, evading them, and ultimately escaping by jumping off of a high cliff.
Eventually he opens up his Union Jack parachute and falls slowly to safety; a great kickoff to a classic Bond film.
This scene possesses everything that made Roger Moore such an iconic James Bond. Everything is present– from his wit, to his genial personality, to his hardcore ability to fight off enemies. The action shots of him cascading downhill on skis, as well as the distant shot of him parachuting off the side of the mountain, really bring you into the atmosphere of the movie.
A View to Kill: Golden Gate Fight
Released in 1985, A View to Kill was the last James Bond movie that Roger Moore starred in. It contains one of Moore’s most memorable Bond moments, as he battles it out against Christopher Walken’s Max Zorin atop the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. After clinging to a rope that is dangling from Zorin’s blimp, bond latches himself onto the top of the bridge.
Eventually, Zorin exits the blimp, approaching Bond to fight it out thousands of feet above the San Francisco Bay.
After a long struggle, Bond is able to send Zorin falling to his death, saving his girlfriend, and ultimately ending Moore’s long, iconic run as James Bond. To put it simply, this scene is the perfect way for Moore to end his run as the iconic character. From gunfire, to life-saving struggles, to high-flying action, and more, it’s exactly what you think of when you think of James Bond. And, of course, Bond wins in the end. He always does, doesn’t he?