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Moore... and Sometimes Less

Roger Moore's James Bond: The best and worst -- A look Moore's 007 tenure, including 'The Spy Who Loved Me,'' Octopussy, and ''Moonraker''

Roger Moore's James Bond: The best and worst

A look at the most — and least — memorable bad guys, babes, and Bonds in Roger Moore's 007 oeuvre.

Best Villain
Christopher Lee's Scaramanga (in Golden Gun) had it all: an island lair, a pint-size henchman, and a third nipple!
Worst Villan
We love us some Yaphet Kotto, but Live and Let Die's Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big is merely a diplomat who deals heroin. Yawn.

Best Babe
Maud Adams was so nice, she bedded Bond twice. First in Golden Gun, then as the titular — and age-appropriate — Octopussy.
Worst Babe
Carole Bouquet's a looker, but her comatose acting in For Your Eyes Only is one-upped by a talking parrot. No joke.

Best Film
The Spy Who Loved Me, hands down. KGB temptress Barbara Bach, Jaws' first appearance, and 007's greatest ski stunt.
Worst Film
Moonraker. A.k.a. Bond in Space. Cheesy sci-fi F/X, lame slapstick, and Jaws showing his warm, gooey center. Abort.

Originally posted Dec 04, 2008 Published in issue #1025 Dec 12, 2008 Order article reprints