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An A to Z of the World's Deadliest Movie Reviews From Affleck
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Roger Moore
If I kept all my bad notices, I’d need two houses.
(Roger Moore)
Playing James Bond? Sometimes I wear a white dinner jacket, sometimes a black one.
(Roger Moore)
I may not be as good as Olivier but I’m taller than he is.
(Roger Moore)
Actor, The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
You could believe that Connery was cunning and apt enough to think up the clever things he said, and execute the mighty maneuvers he undertook. Not so Roger Moore, who looks handsome enough to be the mold from which the world's most expensive clothing dummies are cast, but who has absolutely no way with an expression, let alone with a line. You might say that, as 007, he does justice only to the first two thirds of his role.
(John Simon, National Review)
Actor, Moonraker (1979)
Roger Moore is dutiful and passive as Bond, his clothes are neatly pressed and he shows up for work, like an office manager who is turning into dead wood but hanging on to collect his pension.
(Pauline Kael, New Yorker)
Actor, For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Roger Moore fronts for a succession of stunt men with all the relaxed, lifelike charm of a foyer poster of himself.
(Sunday Times)
Actor, A View to a Kill (1985)
Roger Moore as James Bond: not so much like a piece of plastic as something embalmed but moving.
(David Shipman)
Actor, Bullseye! (1990)
There is not a single passable performance. Few leading actors as feeble, lazy and self-indulgent as Michael Caine and Roger Moore in this could reasonably expect to work again.
(Chris Tookey, Sunday Telegraph)
Actor, The Quest (1996)
The only conceivable excuse for Roger Moore's performance as “Lord Edgar Dobbs” arguably the least convincing pirate in the history of cinema (“I wasn't always a pirate, you know”) is Moore's need to pay alimony.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Actor, Boat Trip (2002)
Cuba Gooding's character Jerry is dumped by his long-term girlfriend (Vivica A. Fox) for vomiting down her cleavage in a hot-air balloon ride, but is persuaded by a fat white friend (Horatio Sanz) to go on a singles boat cruise, not something you would necessarily recommend for someone with motion sickness. Worse still, two gay travel agents book them on a cruise for homosexuals, where our appalled heroes are chatted up by a variety of stereotypes, including an ancient English chubby-chaser (played, in comfortably the most demeaning role of an already chequered career, by Roger Moore).
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
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