The family of Sir Roger Moore has shared the news that the actor has passed away following a shore bout with cancer. He was 89.
Moore followed both Sean Connery and George Lazenby on the big screen as the third actor to Agent 007, James Bond. Moore played Bond between 1973 and 1985. Prior to Bond, he played Simon Templar in The Saint between 1962 and 1969.
After taking over the reigns in 1972 and debuting in Live and Let Die (1973), Moore would go on to star in six more Bond films: The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), and A View to a Kill (1985). Queen Elizabeth knight the actor in 2003.
This made Moore the actor to have played Bond for the longest time span, with 12 years spanning his first and final films. He starred in Live and Let Die when he was 45 and retired following A View to a Kill at the age of 58. Given the years in which he portrayed the secret agent, he put his own spin on the character in a way that differed from Ian Fleming’s creation.
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