Moore enjoyed a 12-year run as the superspy between 1973 and 1985, but his late friend also played the coveted role – starring in 1967 Bond spin-off Casino Royale.
Moore says, “I first really got to know him when we made The King’s Thief together in Hollywood in the 1950s. As the years went by we became much closer friends in the seventies, but we never really spoke about him playing 007. I’m sure he would have jested about it at some point but actors generally don’t discuss parts they’ve each played. You don’t see Mel Gibson sitting around talking to Kenneth Branagh about how they both played Hamlet.”