British actor Roger Moore internationally recognized as one of performers of James Bond’s part died at the age of 89. His family reported that on his official Twitter page.
‘It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer,’ reads the letter written by his three children.
‘The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born’, the letter goes on.
Moore’s family added he would be buried in Monaco, which he requested in his last will.
Roger Moore, born in October 1927 in London, became the third actor ever to portray James Bond in the official movie franchise. He is the longest serving Bond to date, with seven films where he played the main part. Moore took over the role of Bond from Sir Sean Connery in 1972, and made his first appearance as 007 in Live and Let Die (1973). The longest serving Bond to date, Moore portrayed the spy in six more films: The Man with teh Godlen Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983), and A View to A Kill (1985).
Appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991, Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for "services to charity". In 2008, the French government appointed Moore a Commander of the Ordre des Artes ot des Lettres, and the same year he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.