WASHINGTON Regulators have more in common with international spies than you may think, or at least with the actors who play them.
Before Luis Aguilar told the Consumer Federation of America's financial services conference that he was "delighted" to be invited to address the group Thursday, he jokingly made an observation about where his speech was scheduled on the conference agenda.
Aguilar was slotted between two speakers that he apparently thought were more impressive than himself. He came to the podium right after Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray, who had drawn loud cheers from the audience. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Martin Gruenberg, meanwhile, was scheduled to speak after Aguilar during the conference's lunch session.
Aguilar quipped that it reminded him of how a certain Australian actor must have felt when he was cast as James Bond in only one of the movies from the famous 007' series. After Sean Connery portrayed the British Secret Service agent in the first six films, many think the role went right to Roger Moore, who played the role seven times.
But there was another Bond who appeared only once between the Connery and Moore eras, in the 1969 film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
"Everybody thinks it went right to Roger Moore. There was a guy in the middle. Anyone remember? George Lazenby. Consider me the George Lazenby of your event," Aguilar said.
Later during Aguilar's remarks, the lights over the podium suddenly went black. "You must not like George Lazenby," he joked.
Bond aficionados, of course, know that Moore did not take over immediately after Lazenby's single appearance, however. Connery reprised the role one more time in 1971, in Diamonds Are Forever.