Moore assumed the role of Bond at a point when the series was considered moribund and outdated. Partially this has to do with the relative talents of the actors, but more crucially this has to do with the material they were given. James Bond revisiting Octopussy. It is significant that Roger Moore ended up being Bond 3 and not 2. While the movie is one of the best in the series, the filmmakers behind On Her Majesty's Secret Service failed their inexperienced leading man.
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James Bond revisiting Octopussy.
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It is significant that Roger Moore ended up being Bond 3 and not 2. While the jokes have been made about the excesses of the Moore years, and the self-referential humour he brought to the role, it was the perfect approach at the time. George Lazenby, Connery's original successor, had been rejected.