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Former James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore dies at 89

Roger Moore played the fictional spy James Bond in seven films in between 1973 and 1985.

hollywood Updated: May 23, 2017 20:07 IST
Roger Moore in a still from Octopussy.
Roger Moore in a still from Octopussy.

British actor Roger Moore, who won international fame playing secret agent James Bond, died on Tuesday aged 89, his family said on the actor’s official Twitter account. His 12 years as James Bond, the British agent with a voracious appetite for danger and sex, made Moore a millionaire and a heartthrob the world over.

“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,” his three children announced in a statement on the Twitter account.

The son of a London policeman, Moore once said the upper-crust image he portrayed both on and off the screen was a carefully nurtured cover for his shyness and timidity. He also said he was terrified of playing the sex scenes which were a key part of the Bond movies.

Moore’s big breakthrough as an actor came in 1962, when he won the part of The Saint in a popular television series of the same name. In this role, he honed his image of the urbane Englishman with a stream of damsels to rescue from distress. In 1973 came the coveted part of James Bond, writer Ian Fleming’s action man spy 007, who held cinemagoers across the world in thrall. The Bond films were said to have earned Moore 14 million pounds ($22 million).

Roger Moore, playing the title role of secret service agent 007, James Bond, on location in England in 1972. Moore played Bond in seven films, more than any other actor. (AP)

He moved to the United States to become a tax exile. “I don’t see why a chap shouldn’t do what he likes and live where he wants on his money, and the British government, which allows talent to go abroad because of taxation, has only itself to blame,” he said in an interview in 1989.

After handing over the role of Bond to Timothy Dalton, Moore went into semi-retirement, living a millionaire’s life and travelling between his homes in Los Angeles, Switzerland and the south of France.

In 1991, he became an ambassador for the United Nations Children’s Fund. Moore is survived by his fourth wife, Scandinavian socialite Kristina “Kiki” Tholstrup, whom he married in 2002.

Here are well-known films and TV series in which Roger Moore starred:

1953: Pickup on south street (Samuel Fuller)

1954: The last time I saw Paris (Richard Brooks)

1956: Diane (David Miller)

1961: Romulus and the Sabines (Richard Pottier)

1962 - 1969: The Saint (television series)

1971 - 1972: The Persuaders (television series)

1973: Live and let die (Guy Hamilton)

1974: The man with the golden gun (Guy Hamilton)

1975: That lucky touch (Christopher Miles)

1976: The spy who loved me (Lewis Gilbert)

1978: The wild geese (Andrew McLagen)

1979: Moonraker (Lewis Gilbert)

1980: The Sea Wolves (Andrew McLagen)

1981: For your eyes only (John Glen)

1983: Octopussy (John Glen)

1984: The naked face (Bryan Forbes)

1985: A view to kill (John Glen)

1996: The Quest (Jean-Claude Van Damme)