He Called Himself 'One Lucky Bastard': Sir Roger Moore Dies At 89

Moore passed away at the age of 89 after "a short but courageous battle with cancer", his family said in a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

The children said: "Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people".

Moore was catapulted to global fame in the 1960s as the clever hero Simon Templar in the British television series "The Saint", which ran from 1962 to 1969.

Sir Roger portrayed 007 in seven films but previous year admitted that, despite winning the coveted role of the martini-swirling secret agent, one part he wished he had landed was Lawrence Of Arabia, the role which made Peter O'Toole famous.

I also remain fond of "The Man with the Golden Gun" (Christopher Lee killed it as the always-fun-to-say Scaramanga) and the extremely racially sketchy "Live and Let Die", which is what happens when British people make a blaxploitation movie. He is also the oldest actor to play Bond: he was 45 when he started, and 58 when he announced his retirement on December 3, 1985.

Sir Roger was also well known for his humanitarian work - he was introduced to Unicef by the late Audrey Hepburn and was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991.

Sir Roger Moore, who was best known for playing an especially dashing and enigmatic version of James Bond, died Tuesday in Switzerland.

"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". In 2002, Roger married a fourth and final time to Swedish socialite, Kristina Tholstrup.

The death of the popular British actor, Roger Moore has been described as a great lost.

"I've not done badly for a boy from Stockwell, where I used to gaze at the silver screen in wonderment, little realising I'd be a part of this magical world", he wrote in his autobiography, "My Word Is My Bond".

His movies were by far the most humorous of the Bond films, and the ones where the gadgetry and hijinks truly took over the series. His work with UNICEF earned him his knighthood in 2003.

Friends, fans, and colleagues have since taken to social media to share their tributes, with Moore's Live and Let Die co-star, Jane Seymour, among the first to honour his memory with a touching post on Instagram. For more information on Roger Moore's cause of death, life, and career, have a look at our Roger Moore wiki.

"We are all devastated", Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian said.

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