Sir Roger Moore, Former James Bond, Dies at 89

Sir Roger Moore, Former James Bond, Dies at 89

Moore was one of the most iconic James Bond actors.

Moore was one of the most iconic James Bond actors.

Text: Jake Viswanath

Famed actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond in seven 007 films, has died at the age of 89. His family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying that he had passed earlier 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,” the family said in a statement. "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.”

Moore replaced Sean Connery to become the next James Bond in 1973 and ended up being one of the most iconic Bond actors, playing the part for 12 years in the next seven films and achieving the longest run as 007. The actor also authored two autobiographies in his lifetime, where he was very open about his personal life, which included multiple marriages and a diagnosis of prostate cancer in 1993. He had continued to take more acting roles and voice work over the years, including one in the upcoming animated film Toll Hunters.

Moore is survived by three children, Deborah, Geoffrey, and Christian, as well as wife Kristina. “Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people,” they concluded. As per his wishes, a private funeral will be held in Monaco in his honor.

Credits: Photo: Roger Moore

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