Today, an icon has passed. One of the few lucky enough to be known as “James Bond”, Mr. Roger Moore, has lost his battle with cancer. He was 89 years old.
“With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated,” his children posted today on his Twitter account.
As stated above, he was more than an actor. His work for UNICEF was a crowning achievement for him and surpassed that of the work he did in film and on tv.
This was not Moore’s first battle with cancer. In 1993 he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, but had a surgery to remove his prostate. After, he said that cancer had changed his life.
Moore began his film career in the 1940s. He starred in films like “The Miracle” in 1959, then moved onto TV Shows like “Maverick.” He was Simon Templar in “The Saint” series which aired from 1962 to 1969.
However, Moore’s iconic role as James Bond began in 1973’s “Live and Let Die.” This began his seven-film run as the British intelligence agent, after Sean Connery decided to step down from the position.
Moore and James Bond became synonymous, going on to star in some of the best Bond films like “Moonraker” and “The Man With the Golden Gun,” finishing with “A View to a Kill” in 1985.
Moore always stated that Connery was the “best” Bond, but he strived to differentiate himself as a new 007.
“Sean was Bond. He created Bond,” Moore confessed in “Bond on Bond: Reflections on 50 Years of James Bond Movies,” which was an anniversary book that came out in 2012. “I always said Sean played Bond as a killer and I played Bond as a lover.”
After his time as 007, Moore prodigiously continued doing what he loved. From his role in the 1999 series “The Dream Team” to a voice over part in the 2010 kid’s film “Cats and Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore,” he continued acting right up until his death. Several of his projects were in preproduction as well as a movie set to come out next year.
Aside from his acting, Moore was devoted to helping children and supporting charities like UNICEF. He was openly vocal about keeping such great causes in the spotlight.
It’s easy to raise money for an emotive issue when it’s happening and is on the front pages of the newspapers, but it gradually fades away towards the back pages. So it’s up to us, spokespersons for UNICEF, to, when it’s a silent one, make sure that people know what we’re doing,” he expressed to The Guardian in 2015.
Today the world lost an incredible person, Sir Roger Moore, Mr. Bond, you will be deeply missed.
Moore is survived by his wife and three children.