Roger Moore’s gracious adaptation of James Bond best embodied Ian Fleming’s vision of the character, writes Tom Kennedy of the Telegraph. He interviews ex-Bond girl Britt Ekland, who starred alongside Moore, professing his unique iteration as being truest to the books. Moore best portrayed Bond as the sophisticated bachelor that he is, in contrast with other actors’ more forceful and aggressive versions of him. Such would be the much-lauded Daniel Craig, who while great in his role, has warped Bond into something rougher than he was originally in order to suit modern audiences, according to Ekland.
Though significant in establishing James Bond as a cult hero, Roger Moore was not the best at portraying him, argues James Wigney of News.com.au. Moore’s laid-back and playful depiction may have been uniquely charming but didn’t capture the real Bond like others did. He suffered from comical villains and some questionable directing choices that undermined his resonance. Fleming’s original character was simply rougher, which both Daniel Craig and Sean Connery embodied better. Wigney praises Moore for his English charisma and wit, but like Moore admitted himself, he was not the best Bond.