Roger Moore – 13 Things I Learned From Roger Moore About Being a Man
13 Things I Learned From Roger Moore About Being a Man
I grew up in the 80’s.
And in the 80’s, if you were a young boy looking for a role model on how to be a bad-ass renaissance man who could handle anything and never crack under pressure, nobody did it better than this guy:
Roger Moore as James Bond.
Whether it was rolling into the Italian Alps in his Lotus Esprit Turbo, parachuting on skis over his enemies, battling off Jaws, or staring death in the face with the gorgeous Melina Havelock, Roger Moore exemplified coolness, charm and unconquerable adaptability.
There are those who will insist that Sean Connery was the only “real” Bond, but I beg to differ. I actually think Connery’s Bond was a little more one-dimensional. He was cold, hard-to-reach, and mysterious. (Which of course made him irresistibly sexy and admirable to many.) But Moore’s version was more vulnerable. He was more open. He let his boyish side show more, never afraid to crack a joke when hanging out with Q. And he wasn’t afraid to smile.
So now that sadly Roger Moore’s time on this planet has come to an end, I’d like to revisit all the lessons I learned from a youth full of watching him in Bond movies.
1. Make a grand entrance. If you’re going to show up somewhere, do it in style. Let everyone know what kind of man you are. Arrive in a tux. Or a submarining sports car. Or by parachute. Barring none of those on hand, always carry a rakish wit and an inquisitive mind.
2. Have some manners. The world is full of brutes and rogues. Being courteous, charming and well-dressed and will help you negotiates the ups and downs of many a tangle.
3. Always be prepared. You can never know what’s around the corner. So while having an armament of exploding pens definitely helps, most of all, prepare an exit plan before you enter any situation.
4. Keep your cool. You might be looking at a no-win situation, but freaking out about it certainly won’t help. Those trying to strong-arm you will become greatly discouraged if you fail to appear rattled.
5. Be decisive. There are some moments in life when hesitation can be the end of you. Sometimes it’s a sniper in a tree, sometimes it’s a fast-approaching crocodile, sometimes it’s a girl at the end of the bar. But if you wait, you might miss only your window of opportunity.
6. Improvise. Had your gun shot out of your hand while being chased on skis? No problem, place your remaining ski pole between two branches to form a clothesline to snap the assailant’s neck as he rides through. Battling villains on an ice rink with no weapons? Use the Zamboni to smash them into submission. There’s always an ace up your sleeve when you think on your feet.
7. Sometimes you have to gamble. Not everything in life is 100% predictable. But the odds favor the bold. When you’re down on your luck, sometimes you have to double down and roll the dice.
8. Never lose your sense of humor. As Moore is deep in a car chase evading murderous thugs in South America, the misadventure sends their car tumbling through the woods, end-over-end. To which Moore quips: “Love a drive in the country.” When things are bleak, there’s always time to laugh.
9. Don’t be afraid to change plans. A modern man knows that life can change on you in an instant. Roll with the changes and remain fluid. Rigidity is death.
10. Know you’re always being watched. It might be assassins, might be admirers, but know that someone is always looking at you and making as assessment. What that impression becomes is up to you.
11. Sometimes you have to surrender in order to win. Occasionally, one must accept being temporarily captured or bested by one’s rival. But once behind enemy lines, the damage you can do from within might be far more instrumental in your eventual victory than staying safe on the outside. Always remember: this too, shall pass.
12. Show some vulnerability. A demonstration of warmth, openness and emotion might help you turn adversaries into allies. Your enemy’s mistress might be your next co-conspirator.
13. There’s always a way out. When things look darkest, when you’re suspended over a shark tank, just thrown out of a plane without a parachute, or just facing a roomful of sword-toting assailants, there is a solution. Insist that it’s close at hand, that you just haven’t found it yet, and don’t rest until you have it in your sights.