'Nobody does it better': Daniel Craig pays tribute to Sir Roger Moore

"I felt small, insignificant and rather ashamed that I had traveled so much making films and ignored what was going on around me", he would say years after starring in seven James Bond movies and upon accepting a role that his friend Audrey Hepburn inspired him to take on, goodwill ambassador for Unicef.

In a statement, they said: "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 courageous battle with cancer". "Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people".

"They're being exploited. We have to tell them that", Moore said.

"To me, the Bond situations are so ridiculous, so outrageous", he once said. Twenty-three years later, Marc found himself doing a UNICEF recording with Moore, so chatting during some downtime he reminded him of that day. No, I said. I'd got it wrong.

On the James Bond Twitter account, Craig, the current Bond, wrote, "Nobody does it better - love Daniel". Taking on the 007 mantle from George Lazenby, who did one movie after Sean Connery, Moore starred in Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill.

"You were a big part of my life, from "The Saint" to James Bond", Brosnan wrote.

Lazenby is often considered the least favourite Bond, as he only played the iconic character once in 1969. After starring in the medieval adventure series, "Ivanhoe", shown in American in 1958, he starred in the popular western, "Maverick", playing Beauregard Maverick.

He is the longest-serving Bond, having spent 12 years in the role between 1973 and 1985.

In 1999, Moore was knighted for his charity work, becoming Sir Roger Moore-a well-deserved title-saying that it "meant far more to me than if I had got it for acting". Clearly Moore's sense of humour will never be forgotten. Roger Moore was indeed admired by all the interpreters of the famous secret agent who wanted to express respect.

Pinewood Studios, the British filming location west of London for most of the Bond films, described Moore as a "force of nature", adding that "his humor and spirit will be missed by all of us".

Moore is survived by his wife, Kristina Tholsrup, his daughter, Deborah, and his sons, Geoffrey and Christian.

  • Salvatore Jensen