Roger Moore, renowned actor who will be known forever for his role as James Bond has reportedly died. He was 89.
The cause death of the celebrated British actor is said to be cancer. In a statement issued by his family and announced his death after “a short but brave battle with cancer”. The actor is survived by his wife Kristina and three children.
Born on October 14, 1927, the actor mesmerized everyone with his superlative performances in as many as seven Bond films. The most memorable of the Bond films in which he acted included ‘Live and Let Die’ and ‘A View to a Kill’.
Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, the Bond movie producers in a statement said, “On the screen, he reinvented the role of James Bond with tremendous skill, charisma and humor. In real life, he was a genuine hero working as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for many years dedicating his life to alleviating the suffering of children all over the world. He was a loyal and beloved friend and his legacy shall live on through his films and the millions of lives he touched. We shall miss him enormously. Our love and thoughts are with Deborah, Geoffrey, Christian his grandchildren and his wife Kristina.”
In a statement his children said, “Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people…With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated”.
The actor started appearing in films in fifties. But 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 [no bloody good].
James Bond happened to him 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).