Goodbye Mister Bond.
Posted on May 23rd, 2017 by me
Roger Moore, who captivated audiences as the suave and unassailable superspy James Bond in seven of the iconic franchise’s films, died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer. He was 89.
The beloved actor’s death was announced by his family with a statement posted to his official Twitter page:
“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer,” his children Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian wrote in the statement. “The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone.” A private funeral service will be held for the actor in Monaco.
Moore, who was born in London in 1927, succeeded Connery but was the third actor to play 007 in the Bond movies after Connery and George Lazenby. He was considered by some to be the best to ever do it. He was voted as the “Best Bond” in a poll conducted by the Academy Awards in 2004. The British actor made his Bond debut in the classic “Live and Let Die” in 1973 before going to star in similarly legendary 007 movies “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974) and “The Spy Who Loved Me” (1977). He officially hung up his character's trademark tuxedo in 1985 after starring in “A View to Kill.”
He provided a clever sense of wit and humor in his portrayal of Bond, in addition to embodying the character’s longstanding traits as a charming playboy and skilled assassin.
Moore got his start in acting with a series of smaller — and often uncredited — roles in the 1940s before truly breaking out as a television actor in the late 1950s, first in the series “Ivanhoe” before landing roles in notable shows like “Maverick,” “The Saint” and “The Persuaders” in the subsequent decades. “During my early acting years I was told that to succeed you needed personality, talent and luck in equal measure,” Moore told the Guardian three years ago. “I contest that. For me it’s been 99% luck. It’s no good being talented and not being in the right place at the right time.”
His death was met with an outpour of condolences Tuesday from major figures within the film industry, including actor Pierce Brosnan, who took over the Bond role in the mid-1990s. "Dear Sir Roger Moore, It is indeed with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your passing this morning," Brosnan wrote on Instagram. "You were a big part of my life, from The Saint to James Bond.. .you were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humor for years to come. My sincerest condolences to your family and children.
Source: The FJ Company