Freddie Flintoff describes Roger Moore’s James Bond as ‘a creepy old bloke you’d warn your daughter about’ after rewatching old 007 films
The former cricket star and Top Gear presenter, 43, recently rewatched some of the old 007 films, but has told that now some of the men are the kind ‘you’d warn your daughter about’.
Roger Moore was the third actor to portray the fictional British secret agent James Bond, playing the character in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985.
Lashing out: Freddie Flintoff has branded Roger Moore’s James Bond character a ‘creepy old bloke’
Freddie told The Mirror: ‘People I thought were heroes of the silver screen when I was growing up… I’m not so sure now.
‘It hit me when I was watching the movies from the 1970s that this was a creepy old bloke who you’d warn your daughter about.
‘I watched one – Roger Moore in Octopussy. He’s on this bed with an aquarium in the background and a girl in her mid-20s. He must be 50-odd, with his hairy back and he’s getting on to mount her. Giving a little wink to the camera, like everyone’s in on it and it’s all right.
Oh dear: The former cricket star and Top Gear presenter, 43, recently rewatched some of the old 007 films, but has told that now some of the men are the kind ‘you’d warn your daughter about’ (Roger is pictured in The Man With The Golden Gun released in 1974)
‘I was taken aback by how out of date it was and how I reacted. How can anybody defend that now? It wasn’t on.’
It comes after earlier this month Freddie revealed how his cricket career ending coincided with an all-night bender with Kasabian and Oasis.
The star – who is dad to Holly, 17, Corey, 15, Rocky, 13, and Preston, one – has also insisted that he’s happier now he’s sober.
In 2009, Freddie went London for a medical appointment to assess a knee injury, and popped into The Landmark hotel for a quiet drink the night before.
Star: Roger Moore was the third actor to portray the fictional British secret agent James Bond, playing the character in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985 (Roger is pictured in The Man With The Golden Gun released in 1974)
But, after running into Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno and Tom Meighan, as well as Oasis, the evening became a raucous affair.
Freddie told The Sun: ‘The night was certainly wild, like something you would imagine in the early Seventies with the Rolling Stones.
‘Everyone was hammered, the staff were trying to calm it down, guests were complaining. Looking back, part of me was celebrating a great Test match and part wanted to forget about my knee and let off steam.’
After getting to bed at 6am after a night of boozing, Freddie dragged himself to his 8am knee appointment, stinking of alcohol.
Raucous! It comes after earlier this month Freddie revealed how his cricket career ending coincided with an all-night bender with Kasabian and Oasis (pictured in September 2005)
The doctor told the cricket star that he needed an operation straight away, and if he continued to play the rest of the Ashes his knee may never repair.
Freddie recalled: ‘I was hammered and my career was ending.’
Ultimately, the sportsman decided to finish the series but retired from Test cricket that year and from other forms of the game in 2010.
Freddie now admits he believes playing the rest of the Ashes that year effectively cut short his career by several years, because of the toll it took on him.
The cricketer insisted that he’s now happier and healthier after ditching alcohol, saying: ‘I was boozing to try to change the way I felt and that’s when it became a problem. If I latched on, I would get into drinking, and not just for one session. It would go on for weeks and that couldn’t continue.’
In 2007 Freddie was sacked as England’s vice-captain after an infamous incident wherein he capsized a pedalo after a late night on the town.
In his 2009 autobiography Ashes To Ashes the cricketer details some of his controversial moments, like arriving to practice ‘smelling of booze’ and the pressure he faced in 2006.
‘It was obvious I was struggling and what my state of mind was. They could see how difficult I was finding leading England, and what it was doing to me on and off the field,’ he wrote.
Career change: Freddie now presents Top Gear alongside Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris