Roger Moore, of James Bond fame, died of cancer last night, aged 89. His family confirmed the news on Twitter.
With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017
Moore was known for his philanthropy work – but there’s even more to discover about the veteran actor.
Roger Moore made more Bond movies than any other actor, starring in seven of the successful spy franchise from Live and Let Die (1973) to A View to a Kill (1985). He was replaced by Timothy Dalton in The Living Daylights (1987).
Big shoes to fill
Moore replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series and arguably didn’t live up to the original Bond portrayed by Connery at first.
He came to the United States in 1953 where he made his big screen debut in the early 1950s in a television show called The Governess.
Before he was offered the role of James Bond, Moore did several well-received television series including Maverick (1957) and The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970).
When Moore first starred as James Bond in Live and Let Die, he was 45 years old, making him one of the oldest actor to debut as Bond. Moore turned 57 when he filmed A View to a Kill, his last outing as James Bond.
Moore was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire to honour his services to Unicef and Kiwanis International.
Four weddings and a family
Moore married four times in his life and is survived by three children – Geoffrey, Christian and Deborah, all of whom he had with his third wife, Luisa Mattioli.
Moore had homes in both Switzerland and Monte Carlo. He will have a private funeral in Monaco.
Moore’s 007 films contract included an unlimited supply of cigars during filming.
Like father like daughter
Moore’s daughter Deborah starred in the 2002 James Bond movie Die Another Day (2002).