Former James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore passed away Tuesday after a short battle with cancer and left behind some interesting remarks about guns and the role they play in Hollywood.
Moore played Bond, the iconic spy character often seen toting his Walther PPK pistol, seven times between 1973 and 1985, and during that period came to despise the way Hollywood glorified heroes with guns, BBC News reported.
“Of course I do not regret the Bond days,” Moore remarked. “I regret that sadly heroes in general are depicted with guns in their hands, and to tell the truth I have always hated guns and what they represent.”
The Huffington Post reported Moore also discussed his troubled relationship with firearms in his memoir, My Word Is My Bond.
As a child, a gun once “blew up in [his] hands, which deafened [him] for a few days.” A teenage friend also shot Moore in the leg with a BB gun.
The actor, who claimed to have “clenched his eyes” when firing fake guns on set, said he chose to play Bond as more of a lover than fighter due to his aversion to violence, WENN reported.
“I played every role tongue-in-cheek because I don’t really believe in that sort of hero,” Moore said in 2001.
“I don’t like guns,” he added.
Moore especially regretted the impact the “awful pose” of Bond with his Walther PPK had on children.
“Today I am completely opposed to small arms and what they can do to children,” he said. “I made a few bad movies.”