Sir Roger Moore 1927-2017
It is with a huge amount of sadness the world learnt of the death of Sir Roger Moore at the age of 89.
The legendary actor who portrayed Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 a record 7 times on the big screen will be forever remembered for his electric charisma, humour and glint in his eye that made him a star for life.
On Sir Roger's official twitter account came an announcement we really never wanted to hear, "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," his three children announced in the Twitter statement
Sir Roger is survived by his fourth wife, Scandinavian socialite Kristina "Kiki" Tholstrup, whom he married in 2002, and by his three children from an earlier marriage, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.
In Roger's post Bond career he became the most dedicated ambassador anyone could ask for when he became UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 1991, a position he was forever passionate about until his death.
"In his most famous roles as an actor, Sir Roger was the epitome of cool sophistication; but in his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, he was a passionate — and highly persuasive — advocate for children."
Knighted in 2003 by the Queen, Sir Roger through his multiple on screen roles most famously as the Saint and 007 as well as being alongside Tony Curtis in the Persuaders, was was a firm favourite of audiences and cinema goers around the world. Whilst being highly respected for his humanitarian in the latter part of his life.
His unique style and manner in which he approached Being Bond captivated audiences and created Bond fans over the decades since his first outing in 1973's "Live & Let Die". He loved to refer to the role as 'Jimmy Bond'.
Moore had said his most enjoyable Bond experience came in The Spy Who Loved Me, memorable for its terrific cast of villains including Richard Kiel's- who died in 2014 - and gadgets including the now famous Lotus Esprit sports car which doubled as a submarine.
“I think The Spy Who Loved Me was the best, or rather the one I enjoyed doing the most,” Moore told AFP in an email interview in 2007. “It had great locations. And I was exceedingly happy working with Lewis Gilbert, the director.”
The world has lost a true gentleman on and off screen, We will never forget his raised eyebrow and natural charm. Forever Bond.
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Thankyou Sir Roger, RIP.