Roger Moore, the handsome British actor who portrayed James Bond on film seven times, has died at the age of 89.
Moore’s children took to his official Twitter account on Tuesday to announce the death, saying, “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”
With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017
From the Hollywood Reporter:
After George Lazenby was done as 007 in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), Moore took on the guise of the superspy in Live and Let Die (1973) and stayed for 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), which hit theaters when he was nearly 58. He said it was his choice to leave the franchise.
His Bond was more of a charmer than a fighter, more of a stirrer than was the shaker embodied by the first Bond, Scotsman Sean Connery. Moore took on the role with a grain of salt, not to mention cigars — as part of his contract, he reportedly was given unlimited Montecristos during production.
Ours was a Bond house growing up. My father loves the movies, and I’ve seen them all. 1985’s A View to a Kill remains one of my all-time favorites because of Moore, Grace Jones and the slamming Duran, Duran theme song.
Roger will be missed.