Sir Roger Moore, James Bond star, dies aged 89

The Film Doctor team send our love to the family, friends and spirit of Sir Roger Moore, famed for his portrayal as James Bond in Live and Let Die and The Living Daylights, who has died aged 89 in Switzerland.

Sir Roger Moore’s family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he passed away after “a short but brave battle with cancer”.

The star’s children wrote: “Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people.

“With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

Sir Roger Moore as James Bond in Live and Let Die
Photo courtesy of MGM
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Sir Roger Moore was born in Stockwell, London in the UK, to a policeman father and housewife mother. After attending grammar school and failing to graduate from the University of Durham, Moore trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) for six months before leaving early to seek out paid work.

Moore started out with modelling jobs for various brands before securing a seven-year contract with MGM in 1954 and before signing with Warner Bros.

But it was in television that Sir Roger made his name.

After playing the lead roles in Ivanhoe and Maverick,  the Londoner was cast as Simon Templar in The Saint which ran for 118 episodes from 1962-69.

Moore was then cast alongside Some Like It Hot star Tony Curtis in 1971 series The Persuaders – where he became the highest paid TV actor in the world by making £1 million.

Then Bond beckoned.

The star took over from Sean Connery as James Bond after George Lazenby’s one-movie turn as the British secret agent.

He played 007 in eight Bond films; Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill. 

Sir Roger performed voiceover work for his most recent films, Troll Hunters and Astrid Silverlock.

He was married four times; to fellow RADA student Doorn Van Steyn (1946-53), Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (1953-68), Italian actress Luisa Mattioli (1969-96), Swedish socialite Kristina Tholstrup (2002).

Sir Roger Moore as James Bond in The Man with the Golden Gun
Photo courtesy of MGM
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RIP Sir Roger – Nobody did it better.

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