Former James Bond actor Roger Moore has said he’s open to appearing in Doctor Who and Sherlock.
Moore’s comments about appearing in the popular BBC drama series’ came after a tweet from writer Mark Gatiss. Gatiss, who has penned episodes of both Doctor Who and Sherlock, tweeted about Moore’s performance in The Man Who Haunted Himself. ‘Isn’t Roger Moore wonderful in ‘The Man Who Haunted Himself’? I have such a soft spot for the film’
The tweeted prompted a reply from Moore himself ‘@Markgatiss thank you. I might be equally wonderful in Dr Who or Sherlock if asked!’ Gatiss replied to Moore with ‘My life is complete! Will be [in] touch.’
Roger Moore took over the role of James Bond in 1973 in the film Live and Let Die taking over from Sean Connery who returned to the franchise for the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever. Connery had previously quit the franchise following You Only Life Twice and was replaced by George Lazenby for a single film; On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in 1969. Producers of the James Bond franchise had sought Moore out when Connery originally quit the franchise but his television commitments at the time prevented him from taking over as Bond until a few years later.
Moore appeared in seven James Bond movies with his last being A View To Kill in 1985. Timothy Dalton took over the role of 007 for two films in the late 1980s after which the franchise went on hiatus until Pierce Brosnan took over in 1995’s Goldeneye. Moore’s successor as James Bond, Timothy Dalton, has previously guest starred in Doctor Who; he played the Time Lord Rassilon in David Tennant’s last story The End of Time.
Roger isn’t a stranger to television appearing in a number of productions including ITC-ATV’s The Saint from 1962 to 1969 and The Persuaders! alongside Tony Curtis from 1971 to 1972.