Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died at the age of 89. Roger Moore played the famous spy ‘007’ James Bond actor in seven films including ‘Live and Let Die’ and the ‘Spy Who Loved Me’. His family confirmed on Twitter Sir Roger Moore died after “a short but brave battle with cancer”. Moore was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993.
“Well, I mean, this is a man who is supposed to be a spy. And yet he turns up in bars and hotels around the world, and everyone says, ‘Ah, Mr Bond, we’ve been expecting you.‘” Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle. “Everybody knows who he is and what he wants to drink.”
The statement, from his children, read: “Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people.”
“With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated,” they said in a Twitter post.
Sir Roger, who died in Switzerland, will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes, they added.
“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone,” read the statement from Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.
“Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina [his wife] at this difficult time.”
It added: “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.
Along with his famous Bond role, Moore was also known for TV series ‘The Persuaders and The Saint’.
Sir Roger Moore and James Bond movies
Sir Roger was famous for his roles in The Saint and the James Bond movies. The latter made him one of the most successful actors of his generation.
He was the longest-serving actor to play the womanising MI6 agent, having portrayed 007 in seven films:
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
A View to a Kill (1985)
The oldest actor to ever take on the famous spy role, Sir Roger’s 007 was known for his elegance and cold ruthlessness.
Often criticized for his lack of depth, the star once joked he could not act “in the Olivier sense”.
“When I was doing The Saint on television I had two expressions; as Bond I’ve managed to work up to four,” he said.
Along with Bond films including ‘Moonraker’, ‘A View To A Kill’ and ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’, Sir Roger appeared in movies such as ‘The Cannonball Run’, ‘Spice World’, ‘The Boat That Rocked’ and ‘The Man Who Wouldn’t Die’.
Off screen, he was respected for his charity work, and in 1999 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 2003.
His knighthood was given for his humanitarian work, his main focus for many of his final years.
At the time, he said the citation “meant far more to me than if I had got it for acting … I was proud because I received it on behalf of Unicef as a whole and for all it has achieved over the years”.
Tributes to Sir Roger have been led by The James Bond International Fan Club, which has said “nobody did Bond better”.
A statement from the club read: “Sir Roger will always be remembered as the most enduring actor to play 007 and as a great ambassador for the franchise.
“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,” his family said.
“The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year,” they added.
“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.”
Farewell dearest Roger. All our love, Andrew and Madeleine