Sir Roger Moore, the third actor to play the legendary James Bond character on the big screen, has died at the age of 89 after a battle with cancer.
Actor Roger Moore is probably most known for playing secret agent 007 from 1973–1985 (in seven films including The Man with Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me) and Simon Templar in The Saint.
The much-loved English actor is survived by his wife and three children.
“During my early acting years I was told that to succeed you needed personality, talent and luck in equal measure,” Moore told The Guardian in 2014. “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.”
“The love which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in 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 on to 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.”
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