In the wake of yesterday’s sad news of the passing of 89-year-old Sir Roger Moore, three of the five other actors to have inhabited the iconic role of James Bond in the official series have paid tribute to the man.
Moore played the character for the longest and forged his own path with the role – something that both brought in newcomers to the franchise whilst at the same time alienated some others who weren’t so charmed. The actor himself though was universally well-liked.
Moore replaced Sean Connery who left the series after “Diamonds are Forever”. Despite Connery and the franchise’s producers butting heads, Connery says he had no ill will for his replacement and released this statement to EW:
“I was very sad to hear of Roger’s passing. We had an unusually long relationship, by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter. I will miss him.”
Pierce Brosnan, who inhabited the role for four films from 1995-2002, has also released a statement on his Facebook page and credited Moore for leading the way:
“Dear Sir Roger Moore, It is indeed with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your passing this morning. You were a big part of my life, from The Saint to James Bond…you were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humor for years to come. My sincerest condolences to your family and children. RIP.”
Finally, current James Bond star Daniel Craig also released a brief statement in a tweet referencing the title song in Moore’s arguably best outing in the role – “The Spy Who Loved Me”:
Nobody Does It Better – love Daniel pic.twitter.com/lkeKirvt0l
— James Bond (@007) May 23, 2017