Some very sad news to share today, as we just learned that Roger Moore, who played James Bond from 1973 to 1985 in a total of 7 films in the storied franchise, has died at the age of 89. On the actor's Twitter page, his children tweeted the following: "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated."
In addition to the brief tweet, the family released this statement:
"Sir Roger Moore KBE
Actor- UNICEF Ambassador- Author
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. The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great that it cannot be quantified in word alone.
We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement.
The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage at London's Royal Festival Hall. The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born.
Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.
Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father's wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco.
Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian"
Moore was a prolific actor with 96 IMDb credits to his name, dating all the way back to his uncredited role in 1945's Vacation from Marriage. But there's no doubt that Moore was best known for starring as James Bond- he was the third actor to play the role after Sean Connery and George Lazenby. Moore first appeared as 007 in 1973's Live and Let Die, going on to reprise his role in The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, and A View to a Kill. Famous for starring in some of the campiest Bond films, Moore was integral in developing the iconic mythos of the character, highlighting the superspy's sexuality and suave charisma. Moore's films were popular for their outrageous stunts and devotion to bending genre, incorporating elements of kung fu movies and blaxploitation in the classic series. Moore was also notorious for being the oldest actor to play Bond, as he was astonishingly in his late 50s when he played the character for the last time. Moore's Bond filmography is a mixed bag of fun- The Spy Who Loved Me is one of the best of the series, but others don't quite hit the mark.
Nonetheless, Moore has the most diverse collection of appearances as the spy, and his films utilize a delightful formula that pays off well. Moore's appearances are always entertaining and insane, which is something that can't be said for all of the films in the series. Moore's Bond was funny, smooth, and always composed, which is what made him so distinct. As a Bond fan, this is a truly sad day. Moore is the first of the Bond actors to pass on, making this a tragic loss for the franchise. Moore was an essential part of one of the most iconic characters in pop culture, and he will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Sir Roger Moore.