“The name is Bond. James Bond.”
This single line went down in history as one of most iconic dialogues ever written. It became the crown of Hollywood’s most popular action franchise. Even after decades, it’s the trademark opening when the legendary spy introduced himself.
It was all in the name; a name that caught the fantasy of millions and entertained loyal fans all over the world. Many actors have had the privilege of speaking these six famous words. Starting from the first ever James Bond, Sean Connery, it was passed on to the likes of Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig like a flaming torch.
Then there was Roger Moore, the longest-serving 007.
Moore, the great actor who gave his celebrity status as Bond an incredibly beautiful and touching meaning when he once had an unforgettable interaction with a little boy at a busy airport. Out of all the Bonds, he sure turned out to be the nicest. That day, he made a child very happy.
Just so you know, long before Daniel Craig came along, Roger Moore played the role of Bond in 7 films, between 1973 and 1985. After a long running in the industry, he passed away at the age of 89 on May 23, 2017. All of Hollywood mourned.
As tributes were pouring in from all over the world, a man’s personal story about a chance meeting with Moore turned out to be the best homage ever. He shares his childhood experience of running into the star when he was only 7 years old.
Some incidents just make a permanent home in memories. Listen to this man’s wonderful account in his own words.
"As an seven year old in about 1983, in the days before First Class Lounges at airports, I was with my grandad in Nice Airport and saw Roger Moore sitting at the departure gate, reading a paper. I told my granddad I'd just seen James Bond and asked if we could go over so I could get his autograph. My grandad had no idea who James Bond or Roger Moore were, so we walked over and he popped me in front of Roger Moore, with the words "my grandson says you're famous. Can you sign this?"
As charming as you'd expect, Roger asks my name and duly signs the back of my plane ticket, a fulsome note full of best wishes. I'm ecstatic, but as we head back to our seats, I glance down at the signature. It's hard to decipher it but it definitely doesn't say 'James Bond'. My grandad looks at it, half figures out it says 'Roger Moore' - I have absolutely no idea who that is, and my hearts sinks. I tell my grandad he's signed it wrong, that he's put someone else's name - so my grandad heads back to Roger Moore, holding the ticket which he's only just signed.
I remember staying by our seats and my grandad saying "he says you've signed the wrong name. He says your name is James Bond." Roger Moore's face crinkled up with realisation and he beckoned me over. When I was by his knee, he leant over, looked from side to side, raised an eyebrow and in a hushed voice said to me, "I have to sign my name as 'Roger Moore' because otherwise...Blofeld might find out I was here." He asked me not to tell anyone that I'd just seen James Bond, and he thanked me for keeping his secret. I went back to our seats, my nerves absolutely jangling with delight. My grandad asked me if he'd signed 'James Bond.' No, I said. I'd got it wrong. I was working with James Bond now.
Many, many years later, I was working as a scriptwriter on a recording that involved UNICEF, and Roger Moore was doing a piece to camera as an ambassador. He was completely lovely and while the cameramen were setting up, I told him in passing the story of when I met him in Nice Airport. He was happy to hear it, and he had a chuckle and said "Well, I don't remember but I'm glad you got to meet James Bond." So that was lovely.
And then he did something so brilliant. After the filming, he walked past me in the corridor, heading out to his car - but as he got level, he paused, looked both ways, raised an eyebrow and in a hushed voice said, "Of course I remember our meeting in Nice. But I didn't say anything in there, because those cameramen - any one of them could be working for Blofeld."
I was as delighted at 30 as I had been at 7. What a man. What a tremendous man."
The guy remembers the years-old incident as if it were yesterday. Must've left quite a mark on a growing kid who looked up to his idol with stars in his eyes. Props to the grandpa for being such a badass. As for Roger Moore, this warming incident is exactly what made him such a loved and respected man in the world of cinema.
Sir Roger Moore became a real life hero the moment he played along with a child's innocence and let his imagination run wild. One playful gesture made a young mind run wild with an awe-inspiring secret.
RIP Roger Moore. Your legacy of humanity won't be forgotten.