May 24 2017 – VETERAN British actor Roger Moore died at the age of 89 on (yesterday) Tuesday “after a short but brave battle with cancer,”says his family said.
“With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today,” his three children said in a statement via Twitter. “We are all devastated.”
Moore died in Switzerland, the family statement added.
Moore is best known for playing James Bond in Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me and five other films about the glamorous master spy.
He rose to fame in the 1960s in British television action series The Saint and The Persuaders, playing similar characters to Bond.
Born in south London in 1927, Moore left school at the age of 15 and became an animator and diagram artist before studying for a short stint at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
He made his film debut in 1945 as an extra before being conscripted into the army for his national service. When he came out, he continued to scrape a living from modelling and small parts in films.
Moore was 45 – the oldest actor ever to play Bond – when he took over the role from Sean Connery.
“We know our own love and admiration will be magnified across the world, many times over, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF, which he
considered his greatest achievement,” Moore’s family statement read.
Moore later worked as an ambassador for UNICEF, the UN children’s organization, and was knighted at Buckingham Palace in 2003 for more than a decade of work promoting awareness of issues affecting
“With the passing of Sir Roger Moore, the world has lost one of its great champions for children – and the entire UNICEF family has lost a great friend,” the foundation said in a statement.
“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.”
In November 2012, Moore was presented with the first-ever UNICEF UKLifetime Achievement Award, which was renamed the Roger Moore Lifetime Achievement Award to honour his role at UNICEF as a generous fundraiser and a global advocate for children’s rights.
Moore’s peers from film and theatre mourned his death.
“Devastated to hear about my good friend,” tweeted British actress Joan Collins, who appeared alongside Moore on The Persuaders.“He was the kindest, warmest, wittiest gentle man,” Collins wrote.
“Few are as kind & giving as was Roger Moore,” US actress and activist Mia Farrow tweeted.
“He was so funny, kind and thoughtful to everyone around him and in that Roger taught me what a movie star really was and should be,” actress Jane Seymour, who played Bond girl Solitaire in “Live
and Let Die,” said in a statement.
“Through his lifelong work with UNICEF he showed me the true meaning of being a humanitarian and giving back,” Seymour said.
“He was my Bond,” she added. – dpa