Sir Roger Moore, the actor famed for portraying James Bond in seven "007" films between 1973 and 1985,
has died after a battle with cancer, according to his family. He was 89.
"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,"
his children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian, said in a statement.
The family will hold a private funeral in Monaco, per his wishes, the statement said.
Man, he was cool, wasn't he? You knew he was going to get the James Bond gig after Sean Connery left because he played the same character in The Saint so beautifully. Funny thing is, his father was a cop, even though Moore on the screen had that smooth, bemused manner of someone who came from a long line of aristocracy.
Well, I think he had an enjoyable life. He was the Bond I grew up with. "The Man With the Golden Gun" remains my favorite 007 movie.
Tue 23 May, 2017 08:15 am
He was brought up in South London, not a priviledged part of town by any means. His dad got him his first job, he was the officer dealing with a robbery on a film set who asked the director if there were any openings for his son.
He had a great career, but for one blemish, for which I forgive him. When James Garner was deciding to leave the Maverick TV show, they brought in Moore as cousin Beau Maverick. But, to fans, he was no Maverick, no matter how many episodes they put him in. No reflection on the man. He was miscast.