Moonraker Bond girl Lois Chiles: ‘Roger Moore's charm was a real-life defence mechanism’

Following 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, the end credits promised that James Bond would return in For Your Eyes Only. However, after the incredible success of Star Wars that year, 007 producers Cubby Broccoli and Harry Saltzman decided to capitalise on the sci-fi boom by adapting Ian Fleming’s Moonraker – which is on ITV today – and taking Roger Moore’s Bond to space. 

Roger’s Bond girl co-star this time around was Lois Chiles playing Dr Holly Goodhead. Upon the late actor’s death in 2017, she shared memories of acting opposite the national treasure.

The Moonraker leading lady said: “The debonair, suave Bond you saw on screen was all Roger. Off-screen, he was pretty much the same guy. He was elegant, kind and a very dear person, though I think that was partly a defence.”

Roger recalled: “I was hanging there, with all the blood rushing into my nose and eyes.” Of course, ever the gentleman, he never complained and always went out of his way to make the cast and crew feel at ease and in good humour.