James Bond Star Roger Moore Dead at 89

Published May 23rd, 2017 - 02:53 GMT
Roger Moore played James Bond in seven films. "There is no downside" to being known as 007, he said. (STAFF / AFP)
Roger Moore played James Bond in seven films. "There is no downside" to being known as 007, he said. (STAFF / AFP)

Nine years ago, he quipped, "You can either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly. I chose both."

Now Roger Moore, the third actor to play iconic character James Bond—and, for decades, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador—has passed away after a short battle with cancer.

His family announced his passing Tuesday in a Tweet.

"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," they said in a statement. "The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone."

The Guardian reacted to the announcement by calling Moore "much-loved," and "the suavest" of Bond actors.

Moore played 007 in seven films interspersed over twelve years. These were Live and Let Die (1973), 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).

Reacting to the international fame his best-known role gave him, Moore said, "Being eternally known as Bond has no downside. People often call me “Mr Bond” when we’re out and I don’t mind a bit. Why would I?"

Indeed.

We'll have a look back on Roger Moore's life and career up on Al Bawaba soon.

Moore is survived by his fourth wife, Kristina Tholstrup, and his three children.


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