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

Roger Moore, James Bond actor in 7 films, dies


"The love which he was surrounded in his final days was so great, it can not be quantified in words alone".

"With the passing of Sir Roger Moore, the world has lost one of its great champions for children - and the entire UNICEF family has lost a great friend", the agency's executive director Anthony Lake said in a statement.

The father of three, he and his fourth wife, Kristina Tholstrup, who married in 2002, divided their time between France, Monaco and Switzerland.

In a statement, his children shared the news, saying he died in Switzerland after a "short but brave" battle with cancer.

While James Bond may be his most famous role, Moore was already a household name when he took the part.

When he wasn't being Bond, James Bond, he was being Roger Moore, talented actor who had inhabited the role of the dashing super spy in seven films.

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 was born on October 14, 1927, in London and raised by two working-class parents, to whom he was very close.

"They have great loyalty to their mother", Moore said.

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In the 1970s, film critic Vincent Canby would dismiss Moore's acting abilities as having "reduced all human emotions to a series of variations on one gesture, the raising of the right eyebrow".

He landed an MGM studio contract but only had supporting roles during the 1950s.

But as the show progressed - and other guests came and went - it became increasingly apparently that perhaps the actor wasn't going to show up after all, with continued references throughout the programme to him being caught in traffic.

He was 57 when he made his final Bond film, "A View to Kill", in 1985. Thus began the Moore era of Bond films which were characterized by a great deal of ludicrous action and tongue in cheek humor.

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

Some Bond fans thought early on that Moore was far too pretty for the role.

He once said he could not act "in the Olivier sense", although he described himself as a good technician. His suave sophistication in his defining role as James Bond was matched only by his generosity and kindness. Rather, he put Daniel Craig and Connery above him.

In real life, he was a genuine hero working as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for many years dedicating his life to alleviating the suffering of children all over the world. He was knighted in his home country of England in 2003.

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