10 Best Action Scenes From Roger Moore’s James Bond Movies
Roger Moore’s James Bond films were defined by their goofy tone and slapstick humor. As a result, some of the action sequences from the films were dropped. There are ridiculous settings from that era of the Bond franchise, like the Venice gondola chase in which a pigeon does a double take or the space laser battle inspired by star wars.
But the Moore era also gave Bond fans some of the franchise’s most heart-pounding action scenes, like the Union Jack parachute jump in The Spy Who Loved Me and the head-to-head duel at the end of The man with the golden gun.
ten The Golden Gate Bridge showdown in A View To A Kill
Christopher Walken gives one of the most eccentric Bond villain performances of all time A view to kill. He plays Max Zorin, an industrialist whose absurd goal is to destroy Silicon Valley in order to monopolize the microchip industry.
All in all, it’s one of the most ridiculous Bond films ever made, but the final showdown on the Golden Gate Bridge is deservedly spectacular. Zorin gets a deliciously unnerving death scene as he smiles maniacally as he falls off the bridge.
9 Fight Tee Hee in Live And Let Die
The climactic setting of Moore’s first Bond film, Live and Let Die, gets a little too ridiculous when 007 shoots Dr. Kananga with a gas pellet and he inflates like a balloon and explodes. But there’s a big sting after that when Bond and Solitaire leave the country by train.
They are confronted in their cabin by Dr. Kananga’s hulking henchman, Tee Hee. 007 manages to gain the upper hand when he cuts off Tee Hee’s prosthetic arm and sends him flying out the window.
8 The martial arts tournament in The Man with the Golden Gun
Moore’s Bond films followed the genre trends of the 1970s. Live and Let Die was a response to the blaxploitation craze, moonraker was a reply to the post-star wars sci-fi mode, etc.
Moore’s second Bond film, The man with the golden gun, was an homage to the Bruce Lee-esque martial arts films that were popular at the time. Just like Lee in Enter the dragonBond is forced to participate in a brutal martial arts tournament.
7 Get thrown out of a plane in Moonraker
moonrakerThe trip to the cosmos was a step too far for some Bond fans. They’ll suspend their disbelief to some extent, but not if 007 is going to become an astronaut overnight. Yet before Bond went into space, moonraker has plenty of spectacular ground action sequences.
In the opening scene, Jaws returns from The Spy Who Loved Me and throws Bond out of a plane. It’s a captivating way to start the film. 007 rises in the air towards the pilot and flies his parachute.
6 Climbing for your eyes only
After moonraker sent Bond into space, Just for your eyes marked a refreshing return to the series’ more grounded roots. It’s a straightforward revenge thriller in which the “Bond girl” seeks revenge on the hitman who knocked down her parents in front of her.
The film has a literal cliffhanger, since the villain’s base is perched on top of a cliff and the only way for Bond to get there is to cross the cliff.
5 The final fight with the jaws of the spy who loved me
Just when the government is ready to blow up the hideout of Karl Stromberg’s supertanker in the finale of The Spy Who Loved Me, Bond insists on saving the “Bond girl” before she pulls the trigger. Inside, he has one last stand with Stromberg’s top henchman, Jaws.
After getting his ass handed, Bond lowers the steel-toothed henchman into Stromberg’s shark tank – except Jaws takes a bite out of the shark, not the other way around.
4 The Louisiana speedboat chase in Live And Let Die
Bond’s globe-trotting adventure in Live and Let Die takes him to a handful of American locations, like New York and New Orleans. While in New Orleans, 007 finds himself in a high-speed boat chase.
The visceral intensity of the speedboat chase offsets the ludicrous physical comedy of Bond riding on the backs of alligators through a swamp.
3 Hooked on a plane in Octopussy
There are a lot of ridiculous moments in Octopus which make it a bitter disappointment, including a scene in which 007 dresses up as a clown and infiltrates a circus, but the action-packed finale manages to make up for it.
In the film’s climactic setting, Bond clings to the side of an airplane and battles a villain. The end of Octopus has the kind of jaw-dropping stunts and dazzling cinematography that Christopher Nolan has become famous for.
2 Bond’s climactic duel with Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun
Typically, Bond films end with a full-scale battle sequence between 007’s government backing and the villain’s army of henchmen. But the final The man with the golden gun is not a full-scale battle sequence; it’s just a one-on-one showdown between Bond and the Scaramanga.
It was a refreshing change of pace and a great way to resolve Bond’s conflict with one of his best-characterized villains (an assassin who’s just as skilled as he is and wants to prove he’s better).
1 The parachute jump of the Union Jack in The spy who loved me
The Spy Who Loved Me begins with the quintessential cold open Bond. 007 springs into action as armed Soviet goons chase him through the mountains on skis. The sequence culminates in one of the most impressive stunts in series history.
Bond skis right off the edge of a cliff, hovers silently in the air for a little while, then deploys a parachute that happens to bear the familiar image of the Union Jack. Cue “Nobody Does It Better” by Carly Simon and some suggestive silhouettes.
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