Sean Connery had the benefit of being the first to play James Bond - it's easy to set a precedent and very difficult to follow a precedent that's been well set.
As for the mauling Moore gets for over-reliance on stunt doubles, not even the nauseatingly revered Connery could have been persuaded to ski off a cliff or battle an axe-wielding maniac atop the Golden Gate Bridge. Roger Moore's detractors should give the man a break. No one else in the Seventies could have done it better.
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