James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore has passed on at the age of 89, his family just confirmed.
He had died in Switzerland after a “short but brave battle with cancer,” according to a statement posted on his official social media accounts.
In seven feature films released between 1973 and 1985, Sir Roger Moore became the third person to play MI6 secret agent James Bond (Code name: 007), based on several books by renowned spy thriller writer Ian Fleming.
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Sir Roger Moore was born in London on 14 October 1927. He schooled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA).
After Sean Connery announced in 1966 that he would no longer be appearing as James Bond, Moore decided he could be a contender for the role. In 1972, he accepted the offer from Albert Brocolli (producer) to star in the films.
Writing about the deal, Moore said – in his autobiography – that he had to lose some weight, cut his hair and be on a stringent diet for the role.
His Bond movies are:
- Live and Let Die (1973)
- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
- The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
- Moonraker (1979)
- For Your Eyes Only (1981)
- Octopussy (1983)
- A View to a Kill (1985)
Respected also for his charity work, in 1999 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), and, in 2003, a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE).
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The family’s statement continued:
“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified with words alone.
“We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement.
“The affection our father felt whenever he walked onto a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
“The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born.
“Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people. Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father’s wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco.”