Roger’s fights often seem to be more about avoiding contact than “wading in” like Connery or Craig. He keeps his distance with balletic kicks and roundhouse punches with long, wide arcs. As a consequence, his fights come off as rehearsed, heavily choreographed and at times robotically executed, in contrast to the more visceral, spontaneous vibe of Connery’s battles.
That said, I’m going for the fight with Chang in MR. It’s longer than most and goes from weapons (downstairs in the glass museum) to bare-handed (upstairs in the clockworks). Roger at this point is still fit enough to move convincingly and at times it’s “up close and personal” (though in other moments, the doubles can be a bit obvious).
When they get upstairs, the use of shadows and that cool blue hue (from the clock face) adds a dramatic look to things – pretty and creepy at the same time – and additionally helps to disguise the moments where a double steps in. Overall, it’s convincing that Roger’s Bond could have pulled off a win using the moves he did, unlike some other fights where a glancing “judo chop” or a kick to the ribs with soft loafers is enough to magically bring victory. Also, bonus points for driving the plot forward with a “clue” (the label on the crate upstairs) and for slipping in a sight gag (the glass vial in his shirt pocket is the only piece of glass on premises that hasn’t broken).