Roger Moore, who played James Bond in as many as seven Bond movies is reportedly dead. He passed away after a short fight with cancer. He was 89.
The renowned actor who not just played Bond in James Bond Movies, but also lived a similarly extravagant life, was married four times, with his first marriage taking place at just 18, while his last marriage taking place at 74. He is survived by his fourth wife Kristina, two sons and a daughter.
While announcing the death of the legendary actor, his children in a statement said, “It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer. The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone. We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for Unicef, which he considered to be his greatest achievement”.
While full details are yet to emerge, it is being reported that Roger Moore’s family will hold a private funeral in Monaco as per his wishes. The actor is known to have lived a grand life, enjoying the life as he wished, marrying multiple times and having affairs with other women, despite being married. Moore is best known as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond franchise, but his career was much more than playing the debonair spy.
The renowned British actor was born on 14 October 1927 in London to George Alfred Moore, a policeman, and Lillian “Lily” Pope. He attended Battersea Grammar School, but was evacuated to Holsworthy, Devon, during the Second World War, and attended Launceston College. He was further educated at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. He apprenticed at an animation studio but was fired after he made a mistake with some animation cells.
His entry into cinema had a rather curious origin. His father investigated a robbery at the home of film director Brian Desmond Hurst, which led to Moore being introduced to the director and hired as an extra for the 1945 film Caesar and Cleopatra. Hurst decided to pay Moore’s fees at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Before he entered the cinema, he used to work as model. Moore himself has said that that his first television appearance was on 27 March 1949 in The Governess by Patrick Hamilton, a live broadcast. But it was a very minor role that he played. But it was in mid-fifties that he made headlines. Although Moore signed a seven-year contract with MGM in 1954, the films that followed were not successes and, in his own words, “At MGM, RGM (Roger George Moore) was NBG..
The actor came to Bond films rather late. He didn’t refuse Albert Broccoli’s offer in August 1972 to play James Bond in Bond film. Moore reportedly said that in order to play the role, he had to cut his hair and lose weight. His first film as James Bond was Live and Let Die in the 1973. It was followed by The Man with the Golden Gun (1974); The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); Moonraker (1979); For Your Eyes Only (1981); Octopussy (1983); and A View to a Kill (1985). The Richest estimates Moore’s net worth at $90 million, and Celebrity Net Worth estimates Roger Moore’s net worth at $110 million. Roger had two sons – Christian and Geoffrey Robert Moore – and one daughter, Deborah. We will update when we recieve further details about his funeral.