Sir Roger Moore, 89, Dies in Switzerland

On May 23, Sir Roger Moore’s family announced that the actor had died from cancer in Switzerland. His children also announced that there would be a private funeral in Monaco as per his wishes.

 

Moore had been the second actor to play the super-spy James Bond, and he approached the role in a more humorous fashion than his predecessor Sean Connery had. Moore’s Bond was a suave and calm operator who made extricating himself from dangerous situations, often with a beautiful woman in tow, look easy. Moore played James Bond in seven movies: “Live and Let Die” (1973), “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).

 

Before becoming James Bond, Moore appeared on television in a variety of roles including Simon Templar in the TV series “The Saint” (1962-1969) and Brett Sinclair in “The Persuaders!” (1971).

 

His first starring role was that of the title character in “Ivanhoe” (1958), a TV series loosely based on Sir Walter Scott’s novel set during the reign of King Richard the Lionheart. Moore’s character was a heroic knight.

 

Sir Roger was also known for his humanitarian work. Audrey Hepburn had introduced him to UNICEF in 1958, and he became a Goodwill Ambassador for the organization in 1991. He also helped PETA make a video that protested the making and sale of fois gras.

 

Moore was married three times, and he had three children by his third wife, Luisa Mattioli. Two of the children, Deborah and Geoffrey, followed in their parents’ footsteps and became actors, while the youngest, Christian, became a film producer.

 

 

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