Sir Roger Moore, best known for his portrayal of the iconic James Bond in seven films from 1973-1985, has died. He was 89.
Moore’s children confirmed the news on Twitter and included his death was the result of “a short but brave battle with cancer.” Moore is survived by his wife, Kristina Tholstrup, who he married in 2002 and his three children.
The statement in full read:
“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 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 foundation 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.
Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian”
Moore’s seven Bond films included 1973’s Live and Let Die, 1974’s The Man with the Golden Gun, 1977’s The Spy Who Love Me, 1979’s Moonraker, 1981’s For Your Eyes Only, 1983’s Octopussy and 1985’s A View to a Kill. So far, he's been the longest serving actor to play the legendary spy character. Before his turn as Bond, he also made a name for himself on television appearing in 16 episodes of Maverick and in the hit British series The Saint from 1962-1969.
Moore was involved in various philanthropic efforts, most notably his work with UNICEF, and in 1991 he became a Goodwill Ambassador for the organization. This work led to Moore being appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1999 and being knighted in 2003.
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