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Item/Description: Sir Roger Moore as “James Bond 007” in “For Your Eyes Only” autographed color movie still photograph AND unsigned “Live and Let Die” OR “The Man with the Golden Gun” B& W gun-pose movie still photo.
This fabulous pair of photos, both of which depict Sir Roger as his most well-known and beloved character “James Bond”, are artistically and elaborately matted beneath glass within an exquisitely elegant gold picture frame with ornamentally decorative leaf-work corners.
***Autographed Photograph #1 - “For Your Eyes Only”: Authentic, hand-signed original autographed color glossy movie still publicity photo depicting Sir Roger as “James Bond” in the 1981 film “For Your Eyes Only”. This particular photo is from the sequence in the film in which “Bond Goes Skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo”. He is wearing a light blue Bogner Skiwear ski jacket
Further information about the outfit worn by Sir Roger in this photo is referenced in greater detail below (see “Excerpted Online Research Information About Bond’s Outfit...”). It is therein explained how we were able to determine the precise movie that this photo pertains to. Interestingly, Willy Bogner, Jr., the son of the founder of Bogner Skiwear was the cameraman who shot the complex ski sequences for this movie.
Autograph Details/Inscriptions: Sir Roger has personally inscribed the photo in black ink with the following wording: "Or This Old? - Best Wishes, Roger Moore" [There may be more textual content to the first part of the foregoing inscription than merely “Or This Old?”, but if so, it is concealed beneath the matting.]
***Unsigned Photograph #2 - “Live & Let Dir” OR “The Man with the Golden Gun”: Authentic, original black & white (B&W) glossy movie still publicity photo depicting Sir Roger as “James Bond” in either 1973's “Live and Let Die” film OR 1974's “The Man with the Golden Gun” movie. In this particular photo, Sir Roger as “James Bond - Code Name 007" is fabulously
posing in one of the classic stances/poses indigenous to all of the Bond movies - with gun in hand (in this picture, the solid black gun appears to be a snub-nosed Walther PPK).
***We once owned a Hollywood-themed restaurant/nightclub, with in excess of 2,000 autographs and entertainment memorabilia items on display. This autograph was once a part of that vast collection, which we have been gradually liquidating over the past several years!
Certificate of Authenticity (COA) from "Time of Original Purchase" accompanies Autograph, and reads: "Certificate of Authenticity - This Certificate Certifies that Roger Moore SP purchased at Al Wittnebert Autographs is guaranteed authentic - Date 09/05/95 - Approved Signature Al Wittnebert - No. 39121-2 - Member of Gold Coast Autograph Club; Life Member Universal Autograph Collectors Club; Member of U.A.C.C. Executive Board".
Excerpted Online Research Information About Sir Roger Moore (attributed to http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000549/bio ): “Perhaps he will always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down. Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of a policeman. He first wanted to be an artist, but got into films full time after becoming an extra in the late 1940s. Moore also served in the British military during the Second World War. He came to America in 1953. Suave, extremely handsome, and an excellent actor, he got a contract with MGM . His initial foray met with mixed success, with movies like Diane (1956) and Interrupted Melody (1955), as well as The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954).
Moore went into television in the 1950s in shows like "Ivanhoe" (1958) and "The Alaskans" (1959), but probably got the most recognition from "Maverick" (1957), as cousin Beau. In 1962, he got his big breakthrough, at least internationally, as "The Saint" (1962). The show made him a superstar and he became very successful thereafter. Moore ended his run as the Saint, and was one of the premier stars of the world, but he was not catching on in America. In an effort to change this, he agreed to star with Tony Curtis in ITC's "The Persuaders!" (1971), but although hugely popular in Europe, it did not catch on in the United States and was cancelled. Just prior to making the series, he starred in the dark The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), which proved there was far more to Moore than the light-hearted roles he had previously accepted.
Next, he was offered and accepted the role of James Bond, and once audiences got used to the change of style from Connery's portrayal, they also accepted him. Live and Let Die (1973), his first Bond movie, grossed more outside of America than Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - Connery's last outing as James Bond. He went on to star in another six Bond films, before bowing out after A View to a Kill (1985) in 1985. He was 57 at the time the film was made and was looking a little too old for Bond - it was possibly one film too many. In between times, there had been more success with appearances in films such as That Lucky Touch (1975), Shout at the Devil (1976), The Wild Geese (1978), Escape to Athena (1979) and Ffolkes (1979).
Despite his fame from the Bond films and many others, the United States never completely took to him until he starred in The Cannonball Run (1981) alongside Burt Reynolds, a big hit there. After relinquishing his role as Bond, his work load tended to diminish a little, though he did star in the American box office flop Fire, Ice & Dynamite (1990), as well as the comedy Bullseye! (1990), with Michael Caine. He did the overlooked comedy Bed & Breakfast (1991), as well as the television movie The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1994) (TV), and then the major Jean-Claude Van Damme flop The Quest (1996). Moore then took second rate roles such as Spice World (1997), and the American television series "The Dream Team" (1999). Although his film work may have slowed down, he is still very much in the public eye, be it appearing on television chat shows or hosting documentaries.
Roger Moore was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1999 and Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2003 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the children's charity, UNICEF.”
Excerpted Online Research Information About Bond’s Outfit in Autographed “For Your Eyes Only” Photograph (attributed to http://thesuitsofjamesbond.com/?cat=47 ): ”It is thanks to this marvelous web site’s helpful content, “The Suits of James Bond”, that we were finally able to identify precisely which “James Bond” movie this autographed photo pertains to.
“In ‘For Your Eyes Only’, Bond goes skiing in Cortina d’Ampezzo dressed in Bogner Skiwear. The Bogner clothing brand was started by skiier Willy Bogner, Sr., whose son Willy Bogner, Jr. took over the company after his death in 1977. Bogner, Jr., who is also an accomplished skiier, was the cameraman who shot the complex ski sequences in ‘For Your Eyes Only’ and in other Bond films. “B” logo of the zip fasteners are shown in many close-up shots to promote the brand. Not only does Bond wear Bogner clothes but so do some of the bad guys. Bogner’s skiwear is well-made and timeless.
Bond’s Bogner light blue, zip-front ski jacket is hip-length and worn with a D-ring belt. There are three pockets: one horizontally across the chest on the left size, and two slash pockets at the hips, all closing with zip fasteners. The cuffs are elasticized. The back is one piece and darted at each shoulder. Apart from the “B” zip fasteners, there is an additional Bogner logo on the upper left sleeve that spells out the name under a hemicycle.
Under the jacket Bond wears two knit tops. The first is a navy V-neck jumper with a white stripe across the chest and two white stripes on each sleeve. Under that Bond wears a thinner white polo neck jumper. Bond’s Bogner navy ski trousers have a narrow leg with a zip-fastening at the bottom. The zip is on the outside of the leg and a Bogner hemicycle logo is on the inside. The trousers are worn over the dark and light blue two-tone boots, which have a tan sole. The navy leather gloves are also by Bogner and close with a “B” zip fastener. Bond wears a second, insulating pair of gloves under the leather gloves. A white wool tuque, or ski hat, with navy stripes tops off the outfit in the skiing scenes.”
Age/Period: Vintage 1973/1974 AND 1981 photographs pair, purchased September, 1995.
*Photograph #1: Color glossy movie studio publicity still photograph.
*Photograph #2: Black and white (B&W) glossy movie studio publicity still photograph.
*Frame is made of wood surrounding glass.
*Each photograph measures - 8"W X 10"H
*Frame measures 23"W x 19"H
Quantity: One (1) framed set of two (2) photographs.
*Autograph remains spectacularly crisp, clear and strong!
*Photographs are in pristine condition as the result of having been protectively preserved all these years within their glass framing.
*Frame, matting and glass are all in excellent condition as well.