"007" actor Sir Roger Moore dies at 89, family says

May 24, 2017, 05:24

Though he did not originate the role, he was always a little bit closer to the James Bond persona than was his primary predecessor, Sean Connery. He once said he "only had three expressions as Bond: right eyebrow raised, left eyebrow raised and eyebrows raised when grabbed by Jaws", (the villain in the films "Moonraker" and "The Spy Who Loved Me"). Connery embodied for millions the role of Bond as the suave drinker, womanizer and disposer of evil.

He played protagonist Simon Templar in the thriller series who made his way in the world by stealing from criminals.

Moore was born in London, England.

Moore penned two books about his time as Bond as well as two autobiographies, including "My Word is My Bond: The Autobiography", which was peppered with anecdotes about his encounters with other stars and his memories of his time in Hollywood. He partied with Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris and Peter Finch.

In his post-Bond years, Moore became a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and was knighted in 2003 for his charity work.

Thank you for the movies, Mr Moore.

Moore is survived by his fourth wife, Scandinavian socialite Kristina "Kiki" Tholstrup, whom he married in 2002, and by his three children from an earlier marriage, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.

His family confirmed that he died in Switzerland after suffering from cancer.

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This is a April 22, 1996, photo of veteran British actor Roger Moore, poses for a portrait in the Studio City section of Los Angeles.

Roger Moore, who starred in the iconic "James Bond" franchise in the 1970s and 1980s has died. Reporter Jacki Lyden has this remembrance.

Tony & Sir Roger Moore were amusing in The Persuaders.

The Moore era - seven films over 12 years, ending with 1985's "A View to a Kill" - helped set the template for what Bond films would become: expensive blockbusters driven by wild plots, increasingly elaborate stunts and implausible gadgets.

He wrote: "RIP Sir Roger Moore". He knew what he was good at, bending roles to suit his strengths, and if you met him in person, you'd get pretty much the same again.

All of which leads to him rebuking his guests, as they struggle to remember which Bond film it was - leading to Alan shouting the legend: 'Stop getting Bond wrong!' My Bond was a lover and a giggler. "They look like killers".

The actor told NPR in 2014 that he did not believe that death was the end. He was an only child, and he joked that his parents attained perfection on the first try. He even titled one memoir "One Lucky Bastard".

In 2014, he published "Last Man Standing: Tales from Tinseltown", titled "One Lucky Bastard" in the United States.

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