'Roger was James Bond and I was the man assigned to fight him from beginning to end.'
Roger Moore, who transformed James Bond into a lively fun character, passed away on May 24 after a brief battle with cancer.
Moore played 007 in seven films -- 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).
Kabir Bedi, his co-star in Octopussy, remembers Roger Moore in this conversation with Rediff.com's Patcy N.
I was just 36 when I met Roger Moore on the sets of Octopussy.
He then had an Italian wife, Luisa (Mattioli. I was well known in Italy as a major European star, so his wife told him how big I was.
So he knew me as a very successful actor and greeted me very warmly when we met.
We had a lot of respect for each other.
Roger was James Bond and I was the man assigned to fight him from beginning to end. That is why we had a lot of time together.
He was a very reserved gentleman on one level. It took time for him to open up.
He was a lovely person to be around.
I admired Roger. He was a university by himself.
He brightened up the dialogue at times, he was very helpful as an actor, not like some actors who can you make you uncomfortable.
He was a very warm human being, very humanitarian.
I grieve for the whole family.