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Moore's look back at 007 franchise a treat for fans

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 13, 2013 at 11:40 PM

"Bond on Bond: Reflections on 50 years of James Bond Movies," by Roger Moore (Lyons Press)

Peppered with fun facts and cheeky asides, actor Roger Moore's book looking back on the golden anniversary of James Bond on-screen is a treat for 007 fans. He takes us on a lively spin around the milestones of cinema's longest-running franchise.

Page after page of photos display the villains, the gadgets and the girls, making "Bond on Bond" a kind of 007 family album for those who grew up with the British secret agent — and never outgrew the fantasy of driving a fast car with an even faster girl on the way to saving the world.

You can still start a fight arguing whether Moore was a better Bond than Sean Connery, though that might show your age as much as your taste in 007s. Moore says he developed his approach to the character after noting a line from one of Ian Fleming's novels: "Bond did not particularly enjoy killing."

Indeed, in his seven outings as Bond, Moore brought a light humor that set him apart from Connery's more serious and at times sadistic manner.

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Moore, understandably, is most chatty about his own experiences, though he is too much a gentleman to criticize his colleagues without a smile. An exception might be one-shot wonder George Lazenby, portrayed as a bratty Bond who took the blast of fame that came with "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" all too seriously.

That cannot be said of Moore, either as an actor or as an author. No other Bond has managed to make 007 quite as charming and endearing as Moore. He brings those traits to "Bond on Bond."

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