R.I.P. Sir Roger Moore

Iconic British actor Sir Roger Moore has died aged 89.

Moore most famously played James Bond for seven films across twelve years – from 1973’s “Live and Let Die” through to 1985’s “A View to a Kill”.

Moore’s take was known for being the quirkiest Bond of the lot, with some entries that were borderline parody such as “Moonraker” and “The Man with the Golden Gun”. Moore’s Bond was about raised eyebrows, dry wit and suave charm more than martinis and explosions – qualities Moore often brought to other roles.

Still, when things turned more serious, Moore delivered the good including some of the best Bond films there are such as the bonafide classics “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “For Your Eyes Only,” and the underrated it tonally confused “Octopussy”.

Moore first rose to fame on TV, playing “The Saint” for many years along with a regular role on “The Persuaders”. Other TV credits include “Ivanhoe,” “Maverick,” “The Alaskans,” “The Dream Team” and “The Persuaders”.

Film credits include “The Cannonball Run,” “Curse of the Pink Panther,” “The Sea Wolves,” “The Wild Geese,” “Escape to Athena,” “The Quest,” “The Enemy,” “Spice World: The Movie ,” “Boat Trip,” “The Magic Snowman,” “Sherlock Holmes in New York,” “North Sea Hijack,” “The Man Who Haunted Himself ,” “Gold,” “Shout at the Devil,” “Gold of the Seven Saints,” “Diane”

He was also a humanitarian and appointed a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 1991 and campaigned for children’s rights across the world ever since.

Moore’s family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died in Switzerland after “a short but brave battle with cancer”. Moore will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes.

Source: BBC News