Sir Roger Moore, a legend of the movie industry has passed on after 89 beautiful productive years. He played the famous spy in seven Bond films between 1973 and 1985 including Live and Let Die; A View to a Kill; From Russia With Love; The Spy Who Loved Me and The Man With The Golden Gun just to mention some of them. In this roles, his mastery and delivery of the secret agent also known as 007 stands out till date, which probably saw him deliver in seven Bond films. The record still stands.
Sir Roger’s family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after “a short but brave battle with cancer.” 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 (May 23, 2017). We are all devastated,” they said in a social media post.
The BBC reports that the actor took the character of James Bond in a more humorous direction than his predecessor Sean Connery. Sir Roger’s Bond was calm and suave – a smooth operator who could seemingly get himself out of a tricky situation with ease.
The veteran star, who died in Switzerland, will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes, his children said. “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 (his children) and Christian (wife).
The statement 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 was also well known for his humanitarian work – he was introduced to Unicef by the late Audrey Hepburn and was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991. Sir Roger George Moore KBE was an English actor. He also played Simon Templar in the television series The Saint between 1962 and 1969.