Roger Moore, Who Played James Bond, Dies at 89

Roger Moore, best known for  playing James Bond, has died in Switzerland on Tuesday. He was 89 and is survived by his wife Kristina Thoistrup and their three children Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.

The announcement came from his family 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”  they said.

With a black polo and holster on his shoulders, Roger Moore is seen here in the climax scene of "Live and Let Die" - his first James Bond movie beginning 1973.
With a black polo and holster on his shoulders, Roger Moore is seen here in the climax scene of “Live and Let Die” – his first James Bond movie beginning 1973.

Moore was the oldest Bond ever hired for the film series but had the longest run in the role beginning 1973 with “Live and Let Die” and winding up in 1985 with “A View to a Kill”.

After surrendering his role to Timothy Dalton, Moore appeared in a few unexceptional movies, made a few television appearances and did voice work in animated films.

Moore wound up his Bond tenure in 1985 with "A View to a Kill"(pic) in 1985.
Moore is seen in the last of his Bond roles in “A View to a Kill” after which he did few unexceptional movies before turning his attention to charity.

For most part of his retirement from James Bond series, he put his efforts at charity and became Unicef good-will ambassador in 1991.

Moore according to family sources, had a ‘short but brave battle’ with cancer. The veteran star will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes, his children said.

Moore was born on October 14, 1927, in Stockwell, South London, the only child of George Alfred Moore, a London police officer who forayed in amateur theater and Lily Pope.  With interest to becoming a commercial artist he worked at an animation company while still a teenager.

The first acting debut came in 1950s when he played a French Diplomat in “Robert Montgomery Presents” His first lead role film was a small one, as tennis pro in “The Last Time I Saw Paris”(1954) starring a young Elizabeth Taylor. After a couple of more credit film roles, he returned to England and spent rest of his career doing a mix of British, American and European projects.

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