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Farewell To An Icon - Beloved "James Bond" Actor Roger Moore Passes Away At 89

The family of Roger Moore has announced that he has passed away at the age of 89 in Switzerland. Moore was best known for his portrayal of the iconic character ‘James Bond’ in a slew of movies throughout the 1970s and 1980s. As Yahoo shares, the family has released a statement on his passing and shared it on social media.

“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 family shared.

Moore was born in London back in 1927, and the acting bug bit him at a young age. He would land some bit parts in some British films before a stint in the British Army, and Hollywood came calling soon thereafter. His early screen credits include 1954’s ‘The Last Time I Saw Paris,’ which featured legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, and 1956’s ‘Diane,’ which he costarred in with Lana Turner.

From his early work on the silver screen, he would transition to television and take on roles in shows such as the British-produced adventure series ‘Ivanhoe’ and ‘Maverick.’ His career would officially take off after his star turn on the 1962-69 series ‘The Saint.’ Moore would go on to take on the role of Bond in 1973’s ‘Live and Let Die,’ and the rest is history.

“First of all, my whole reaction [to the character] was always - he is not a real spy. You can’t be a real spy and have everybody in the world know who you are and what your drink is. That’s just hysterically funny,” Moore commented during an interview with the New Yorker.

He would go on to portray Bond in seven consecutive films, two of which remain on the long-running series top-10 list for highest grossing at the US box office.

“I’m sure people came to my first Bond picture to see if I could carry on from Sean Connery. The second time they came to see if I would maintain the level of mediocrity I established. This time out I believe people are curious about whether I’ve improved at all,” he said during an interview with UPI.

His family noted in the statement that Moore passed away “after a short but brave battle with cancer.” No word on remembrance services at this point, but we can expect the tributes to continue pouring in for the legendary actor.

Source: Yahoo
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