My first Bond movie I saw in the theatre was Live and Let Die, released in 1973. With Jane Seymour as the Bond girl, and a Paul McCartney theme song, how could you possibly go wrong? Up until Raiders of the Lost Ark, it was the most outstandingly great action movie I'd ever seen.
Roger Moore for me is my favorite Bond, the snobbish British gentleman. I later worked my way backward to appreciate Sean Connery in the role as well, more rugged and athletic, but for me Moore was the most effective Bond.
I read somewhere that Ian Fleming liked Moore best in the role as well, that he came closest to the character Fleming portrayed in his novels.
I also see (after the false start of Timothy Dalton replacing Moore for a few movies) the selection of Pierce Brosnan for the role as a return to the template established by Roger Moore.
Sorry to see him go. At least he left us a lot of great movies as his legacy.