James Bond has come a long way in the 50 years since the release – on Oct. 5, 1962 – of a modestly budgeted spy movie called “Dr. No.” It introduced a dapper but deadly secret agent who wore Savile Row suits, drove an Aston Martin, liked his martinis shaken and announced himself as “Bond, James Bond.
What’s the secret of his survival? Familiarity, says Roger Moore, who played Bond in seven films, more than any other actor.
“It’s sort of like a bedtime story: As long as you don’t go too far away from the original, the child is happy,” Moore said. “The audience gets what it’s expecting: beautiful girls, actions, gadgets – there’s a formula.”