"Which bullet has my name on it, the first or the last?" - Roger Moore as Bond

You only live twice:
Once when you are born
And once when you look death in the face
— Ian Fleming, You Only Live Twice

As I was worrying over a blog post on writing my sequel, this happened today. I'm a James Bond fan and I attribute my childhood love of the action hero to Roger Moore's portrayal. As I grew older, I became disenchanted with those early films. I'd gravitated to Sean Connery and Ian Fleming's work itself.

But childhood memories, good and bad, hold something for all of us. I don't think I'll want to stop being like James Bond (I'm a Commander now, if that's any small indication). I attribute that to Roger Moore's delivery of the agent with a license to kill. I know a little of his career as the Saint, which led him on the path to becoming the next James Bond after Mr. Connery (and to a near-invisible extent, Mr. Lazenby). He will be missed, both as a childhood totem and actor. I lift a glass to you, sir. Shaken, not stirred.

Rest in peace, Sir Roger Moore.

Ken Britz