With the sad news of Sir Roger Moore’s passing at the ripe old age of 89 in May, we felt it was only right to take a look at the man, the legend and, of course, some of the cars!
The English actor is obviously best known for playing secret agent James Bond (he starred as Bond seven times between 1973 and 1985) and before that, Simon Templar in The Saint, on TV between 1962 and 1969, and Lord Brett Sinclair in The Persuaders (early 70s).
The icon has always been linked with classic vehicles, both on and off screen, from the Lotus Esprit, which had a submarine mode in The Spy Who Loved Me, to the Dodge WD in Vendetta for a Saint (a The Saint two-parter, which also got a theatrical release).
Let’s start with the Lotus – Bond
As we read somewhere recently, the Esprit was to Sir Roger what the Aston Martin DB5 was to Sir Sean Connery.
One of the most memorable bond and even movie cars, the underwater Esprit made its way into the toy boxes of millions of British children, as well as some of the garages of us bigger kids (well maybe not the underwater version).
Part of British culture since 1976, the white model in The Spy Who Loved Me was a Series 1, with great handling although lacking in power for some.
The Aston Martin DBS – The Persuaders
In 2014, the stunning yellow Aston Martin DBS Sir Roger drove in the hit 1970s action adventure show The Persuaders, sold for over half a million pounds at Bonhams.
The 1970 Bahama Yellow DBS was specially modified for its role in the series, featuring in nearly all 24 episodes with BS 1 on the number plate, for Brett Sinclair, the playboy character Moore played alongside Tony Curtis and his Ferrari Dino 246 GT.
In 2013, the DBS, signed under the bonnet by both actors, was one of only 49 cars in the world (and just one of five Aston Martins) to participate at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the prestigious competition for classic and vintage cars at Lake Como, Italy.
The Volvo P1800 – The Saint
Another stunning TV car, the P1800 Coupe belonged to Moore’s character Simon Templar, and was a star of The Saint alongside the Wolseley 6/110 and Jaguar Mk1.
The Volvo was found rotting away in the early 90s with the engine on the back seat before being lovingly restored over the course of 20 years by car enthusiast Kevin Price.
The Citroën 2CV6 – Bond
Not one of the most fancied, but after the Lotus self-destructs in For Your Eyes Only, Moore’s Bond hops into a Mimosa Yellow Citroën 2CV6 and skilfully evades the henchmen in their Peugeot 504s.
In reality, it was three 2CVs with roll bars and the standard version for close ups. We include it here as Moore is documented as saying how much fun he had driving the Deux Chevaux.
Roger’s real-life cars
Whilst Sir Roger will always be remembered for his screen motors, his own cars over the years have included a Renault 5, a Jaguar XK150 and a Rover SD1.
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