Sir Roger Moore has died aged 89. A statement was released today on the James Bond star’s Twitter account by his family. It read: “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.” He died in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer. The London-born star is best known for playing famous secret agent 007. He starred in seven Bond movies between 1973 and 1985. Before his glittering movie career, Sir Roger served in the Royal Army Service Corps as a second lieutenant, after being conscripted for national service shortly after the end of the Second World War. Sir Roger was the son of a poor London policeman from the back streets of Lambeth who grew up to become James Bond and The Saint – as one of the most successful actors of his generation. And in later life, shocked by the poverty he saw in India, Moore became a goodwill ambassador for Unicef, the United Nations’ children’s fund. More than a billion people saw him play Bond, making him one of the best-known British actors in the world. He brought a casual air of dashing elegance, sophistication and a surprising iron streak of ruthlessness to his two most famous roles. At 6ft 2in with pale blue eyes and fair hair, his debonair good looks were ideal for heroic roles. But part of his success was due to the sardonic approach he adopted, as if winking at the audience to share a mutual joke saying: “I’m having fun, are you?” His acting style was sometimes criticised for its lack of depth, yet he achieved huge success while happily acknowledging his limitations. He once admitted he could not act “in the Olivier sense” but described himself as a good technician. “When I was doing The Saint on television I had two expressions; as Bond I’ve managed to work up to four,” he joked.
Such sad news!! Sir Roger Moore was the James Bond of my youth…and I think in many respects really embodied the true essence of what Ian Fleming tried to portray Bond as. Moore was a class act. To read the rest of this article, with many photos and videos spanning Moore’s carrier, click on the text above. Thanks for all the fun memories Roger. R.I.P.