Published: Wed, May 24, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

'James Bond' Actor Sir Roger Moore Dies At 89

Moore acted in a total of seven James Bond films, including The Man With the Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me.

Roger Moore, the suavely insouciant star of seven James Bond films, has died in Switzerland.

The star's children announced the sad news over Twitter, confirming that their father died in Switzerland "after a short but fearless battle with cancer".

The British actor died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer, according to a family statement posted on Moore's official Twitter account.

Moore began his acting career state-side in 1954, staring alongside Elizabeth Taylor in The Last Time I Saw Paris.

Audrey Hepburn work with UNICEF impressed him andhe became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991.

Per his wishes, his family is planning a private burial in Monaco, they said. Sean Connery and George Lazenby played the role before him.

His first Bond was Live And Let Die (1973), which the producers made him lose weight, get fit and cut his hair for. "He is now is the longest serving 007 spending 12 years in the role and starring in seven films, including "Live and Let Die", "The Man with the Golden Gun" and 'A View To A Kill".

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During Moore's Bond period he starred in 13 movies, beginning with the thriller Gold featuring Susannah York.

Born in London the son of a police officer and a housewife, Moore dropped out of high school and went to work as an animation apprentice with a British film company.

Roger Moore did suave like no one else, with the result that he seemed as if he was eternally in an aftershave advertisement.

MOORE: (As Simon Templar) One of your scientists discovered something that may have been a byproduct of his actual research, but because he was never questioned, he was able to develop it in absolute secrecy.

While arguably best known for his role as 007, Sir Roger will also be remembered for his work in TV's The Saint in the 1960s.

At 18, following a year at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he was called to military service and served with the British Army in postwar Germany.

'We're having him on the show right now, live by telephone link-up from the auto, on a mobile phone, ' he announced before Roger (actually voiced by Alan Partridge actor Steve Coogan) was heard to utter: 'Hello Alan'.

He was married three times - the first time at the age of just 18, and most recently to Kristina "Kiki" Tholstrup in 2002.

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