This item is an 8" X 10",black and white photo of actor Roger Moore.Because of his successful TV shows in general and the long-lasting "Simon Templar" series in particular, Roger Moore was for a long time obviously not available for the James Bond franchise. He had participated in the "Simon Templar" show not only as actor, but also as a producer and director. Also had he been involved in developing the series "The Persuaders". As Roger Moore frankly explains in his autobiography "My Word is my Bond" (2008) on page 172, he had neither been approached to play James Bond in "Dr. No", nor had he felt that he had been considered. It was only after Sean Connery had declared to play Bond no longer that he became aware of being considered for this role. When George Lazenby was cast instead and when later on Sean Connery played Bond another time after all, he didn't toy with that thought until it seemed to be abundantly clear that this time Sean Connery had stepped down as Bond for good. Then he was indeed approached and accepted the producer's choice. Moore says in his autobiography he had to cut his hair and to lose weight, but although he resented that he was finally cast as James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973).At no point did Roger Moore compete with his friend Sean Connery. He picked up what Connery had left behind. He kept Connery's legacy alive by keeping James Bond on the cinema screens and within the tabloids, each time provoking the inevitable comparisons and hereby helping the audience to recognise Connery's unique qualities in the course of each comparison.Moore played Bond in Live and Let Die (1973); The Man with the Golden Gun (1974); The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); Moonraker (1979); For Your Eyes Only (1981); Octopussy (1983); and A View to a Kill (1985).Moore is the longest-serving James Bond actor, having spent twelve years in the role (from his debut in 1973, to his retirement from the role in 1985), and having made seven official films in a row. He is also the oldest actor to play Bond: he was 45 when he started, and 58 when he announced his retirement on 3 December 1985.The photo has been autographed on the front by Roger Moore...............BOTH PHOTO AND AUTOGRAPH ARE IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.