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

Roger Moore, best known for James Bond role, dies at 89

Actors and celebrities are paying tribute to James Bond star Sir Roger Moore, following the news that the actor has died aged 89. Moore's family broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday.

"I've always said that if you've nothing nice to say about someone, then you should say nothing".

"I think "The Spy Who Loved Me" was the best, or rather the one I enjoyed doing the most", Moore told AFP in an email interview in 2007.

The British actor was not only the oldest actor to portray 007, but the longest-running taking over from George Lazenby after On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

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The actor's death hit especially hard for some, as many are still reeling from the Manchester Arena bombing that took many lives overnight.

He was remembered warmly by fans of the popular US 1950s-60s TV series "Maverick" as Beauregarde Maverick, the English cousin of the Wild West's Maverick brothers, Bret and Bart. He starred in the British TV series "Ivanhoe" in 1958-1959, then was signed by Warner Bros. It's been reported that Moore was offered the role of James Bond during his run on The Saint but had to turn it down due to his series commitment.

At the time, he said the citation "meant far more to me than if I had got it for acting". Mia Farrow wrote, "Few are as kind and giving as was Roger Moore". With the company, he co-starred with Tony Curtis in "The Persuaders!" for British television and was involved in producing "A Touch of Class", which won a best-actress Oscar for Glenda Jackson. But Sean, Sean really was sort of not that enamored of being confused with James Bond all the time. Duran Duran, the band who wrote the theme song for the 1985 film a A View To A Kill, the last of Moore's seven 007 movies, tweeted simply "RIP Roger".

The most expensive of Moore's Bond films, Moonraker was inspired by the surge of popularity in sci-fi attributed to a little film called Star Wars.

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