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When news broke in September 2018 that Sir Roger Moore KBE had died, we didn’t just lose a man who had dedicated his later years to helping others, we also said a final farewell to the greatest 007 of all time. Moore took over the role from the universally loved Sean Connery after a brief cameo by George Lazenby. Although most regard the first official Bond as the greatest, and there is no doubt that the Scot did a wonderful job of bringing the British secret agent to life on the big screen, for many it was always the third 007 who perfected the part of the globe-trotting Lothario.
Moore first played Bond in 1973’s Live and Let Die. Featuring an outstanding title track by Paul McCartney as part of his Wings ensemble, the film was hugely different from the movies of Moore’s predecessor. Looking back, the film was steeped in the decade’s influences. Moore later became something of a punchline for his dry delivery, famous 'raised eyebrow' and quintessential ‘Englishness’, but that was the charm of the man. More importantly, for many, it was what made Bond work.
It’s widely believed that 007 creator Ian Fleming wanted Moore to play the role in the first place, and he was delighted to finally land the actor, who was best known for his roles on the small screen at the time, for Live and Let Die. Although the author eventually warmed to Connery and even went on to become a fan of his portrayal, to him the character had to be English. You can argue for as long as you want about what ‘English’ means in this context, but just watch the peak-era films that Moore starred in and you will understand exactly what this means.
Britt Ekland, who starred opposite Moore in 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun, told The Telegraph that "Roger [Moore] is the best Bond, of course – not just because of being my Bond, but because if you read the early Ian Fleming books describing him, that’s how he was."
With Moore stuck in a seemingly inescapable TV contract, Connery returned looking older for a half-hearted outing in Diamonds Are Forever. Two years later, the stars aligned, and Moore finally got to play the part he was born for. Having given us a taste on the small screen with The Saint and The Persuaders, the actor would go on to play 007 seven times in total. His final film, 1985’s A View to a Kill, is another highlight of the series.
Moore was a reassuring and somewhat safe pair of hands. He could convince you he was the man who was about to save the world while focusing just as much on bedding a string of women. If his character came across as a misogynist, then that was more to do with the era he occupied rather than the man himself. Let us be honest, Fleming wrote the character to have those attitudes towards women, and perhaps that’s why he liked those films best. When thinking of James Bond, many will always think of Roger Moore.
The Sunseeker back-catalogue is positively dripping with super desirable, high-quality boats that always perform well. However, this particular example is extra special because the first owner was none other than Sir Roger Moore! He bought it new in 1995 to replace his Tomahawk 37, kept it in Monaco and ran it along the French Riviera for many years. He called it ‘K’, no doubt after Kristina Tholstrup, who bought him the boat, and whom he had married two years earlier. As of 2007, it was moored at Port de Cap d'Ail in the south of France. The port borders the millionaires' playground of Monaco, where Sir Roger had an apartment.
Sir Roger once told how he and fourth wife Kristina enjoyed long sunny days relaxing on the cruiser. He said: "We have a good boat, a 41ft Sunseeker. Kristina ties the fenders off. She is my crew. We keep it in the next port round from the main harbour and go out every day somewhere like Villefranche or Cap d'Ail and swim. We have lunch, then a kip down below. Then we come up for a swim and go home."
Very much part of Sunseeker’s high-performance range, the Tomahawk 41’s interior is compact yet efficiently laid out. Despite its dimensions, you still get great weekending ability, a galley area, separate heads, a saloon with two social settees and a double berth in the forepeak – everything a man (or woman) on a mission requires! The original cell phone that Sir Roger had fitted (an expensive novelty in 1995) is still present and functions, with the boat having its own number! A great talking point for 007 fans.
The cockpit, which can comfortably accommodate nine people, has a double helm seat, plus a single alongside. Comfortable sun pads can be found aft. The backrests on both sides are adjustable to various angles, and the helm seat also reverses to both forward and aft seating positions. To port is the wet bar and drinks-cooler (for storing those vital Vodka Martini ingredients - shaken not stirred of course!)
Inside the cabin, we have the galley to port and WC to starboard followed by two U-shaped seating arrangements, with the option of a table each side, and forward of this is a large double berth. The table can be adjusted with an infill to create two extra single berths as and when required. There is a hob, fridge, and microwave in the galley, as well as a further electric cool box located under the seating to keep the champagne cool! There are two canopies supplied, the full height version with removable panels and a very sporty tonneau cover that accentuates the stunning lines of the craft.
Sir Roger had the original engines replaced with a pair of Cummins 6BTA 250hp engines and drives, with only c489 hours of use since, giving a top speed of about 31 knots, with a 25-knot cruise. From the 1980s Hawk 27 upwards, all of Sunseeker’s Hawk series boats are performance orientated, with more than a passing nod to race boat hulls. This Tomahawk 41 might not have race boat speeds, but that narrow beam and deep vee cleave the water like one, with grace and purpose.
With much history continuity and letters proving the ownership back to Sir Roger and after, a service in 2019, a complementary survey done 18 months ago, new anodes and anti-fouling treatment applied recently, plus a professional clean of the outdrives and props, the boat is in exceptional overall condition. This is a real opportunity to acquire a special piece of Sir Roger Moore’s, and inexplicably, also James Bond, history.
Length: 42ft 1in (12.8m)
Beam: 10ft 1in (3.1m)
Draught: 3ft 11in (1.2m)
Displacement: approx. 7 tonnes
Fuel capacity: 780 litres
Engines: Twin Cummins 6BTA 250hp diesel