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23 May 2017, 14:41
The star's family have announced his death from cancer.
Bank Holiday Mondays watching James Bond films will never be the same again.
Sir Roger Moore has died at the age of 89 in Switzerland, his children have announced. The iconic, super cool British actor was best known as the third James Bond.
Looking very suave in 2013| Picture: PA
He was born in London in 1927 and had an acting career spanning eight decades. He worked as a model in the 1950s before small television roles led to his big break, playing Simon Templar in The Saint. The series ran from 1962 to 1969, and Moore’s character – a sophisticated charmer who stole from the criminally rich and gave to the poor – was the epitome of Swinging Sixties style.
With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017
He was asked to play James Bond several times during his stint on The Saint, but his TV commitments wouldn’t allow it. The Saint was a huge hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and Simon Templar’s characteristics – his raised eyebrow, charming wit, and ability to make any female swoon – served as a great audition for playing 007.
When he eventually went on to play Bond – following on from Sean Connery and George Lazenby – he became the longest serving actor in the role to date. His Bond films were 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) and A View to a Kill (1985).
Moore’s Bond films saw an increase in gadgets, outlandish situations and extreme adventures including space travel. Memorable villains encountered by Moore included the metal-toothed baddie Jaws (Richard Kiel), the smooth assassin Scaramanga (Christopher Lee) and the henchwoman May Day (Grace Jones).
He became a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 1991, and took his charitable work very seriously. Spice Girls fans may also remember that he appeared in 1997’s Spice World: The Movie.
Moore never took himself or his ‘craft’ too seriously. He told the Guardian in 2014: “During my early acting years I was told that to succeed you needed personality, talent and luck in equal measure. I contest that. For me it’s been 99% luck. It’s no good being talented and not being in the right place at the right time.”
He told GQ in 2008: “You can either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly. I choose both.”
Moore is survived by his wife, Kristina Tholstrup, and three children.