Longest-Serving James Bond Star Roger Moore Dies At 89

Danny Woods
May 24, 2017

Sir Roger Moore, the actor best known for his role as James Bond, has passed away at age 89.

The statement continued: "All of us at UNICEF extend our deepest sympathies to the Moore family, and join his many friends and admirers from around the world in paying tribute to his life and mourning his loss".

The statement continued that Moore "has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but courageous battle with cancer".

"The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it can not be quantified in words alone", read the statement from Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian. The actor played Simon Templar, a modern Robin Hood-like figure who faced off with an assortment of evil characters over 118 episodes.

Moore enjoyed his break-out role in action-crime television series "The Saint" in 1953, before taking over the role of Bond, the hedonistic spy, from Sean Connery in the 1973 film "Live and Let Die"'.

Reacting to the death of the longest-serving James Bond star, actress Mia Farrow wrote: "Few are as kind and giving as was Roger Moore".

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Moore's relaxed style and sense of whimsy, which relied heavily on the arched eyebrow, seemed a commentary on the essential ridiculousness of the Bond films, in which the handsome British secret agent was as adept at mixing martinis, bedding attractive women and ordering gourmet meals as he was at disposing of super-villains trying to take over the world. When he was a young man, he read a good line in a bad script, which stayed with him the rest of his life, and he shared the line in his 2014 NPR interview.

And besides, for anyone between the ages of, say, 30 and 50, Moore was the guy they grew up with as Bond. When asked by Time magazine in 2012 who his favourite Bond was, he had memorably changed his mind from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.

Moore was one of the funniest Bonds, and he claimed the role was innately comedic.

JANE SEYMOUR: (As Solitaire) I know who you are. To Moore, this was "hysterically amusing", and he played it accordingly. He didn't exactly retire, but the roles became smaller and sillier - an appearance in Jean-Claude Van Damme's The Quest, a cameo in Spice World, a voice role as a cat named Lazenby in Cats & Dogs: The Revenge Of Kitty Galore.

Moore made his debut as 007 in "Live and Let Die", following it with six more films, only bowing out with 1985's "A View to a Kill", when he was 57. "People often call me "Mr Bond" when we're out and I don't mind a bit". Becoming a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 1991, he advocated for children's causes.

After receiving a knighthood in 2003, Sir Roger said it had "meant far more to me than if I had got it for acting".

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