Sir Roger Moore, known to many for his iconic turn as James Bond and his television role on The Saint, has passed away aged 89.
The actor’s family released a brief statement, explaining the situation and revealing his brief battle with cancer;
“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer. The love with 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 grandest achievement.”
“The affection our father felt whenever he walked onto 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.”
Roger Moore began his career in the 1940’s, starring in various MGM and Warner Bros productions. He eventually found his way to television in the late 1950’s, featuring in roles on television shows like Ivanhoe, The Alaskans and Maverick.
His most iconic role though would come through the 1960’s, when he became The Saint. It was his work on this show that propelled him into the limelight – and made James Bond producers take note. Originally he refused to drop his role on The Saint for the James Bond role – eventually taking up the mantle after Sean Connery left it for the second time.
His first turn as James Bond came in 1973’s Live and Let Die. From there he went on to portray James Bond in numerous other films, including 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 Kill (1985).
He continued to work after leaving the James Bond role, taking up other film opportunities and more stage plays. As recently as late 2016, he was still actively performing.
We are terribly sad to hear of this passing, and wish his family all the best.