Nicholas Barber's assertion that Roger Moore was a superb James Bond ("The real Bond is Moore", Section 2, 21 December) was a delight. I have long thought that Moore was great as Bond and am disdainful of the way his period is now politely ignored.

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.

Rufus Fargo

London SW1