Roger Moore, James Bond movie actor, dead at 89

"The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it can not be quantified in words alone", the message shared on the actor's official Twitter account read.

His 12 years as James Bond, the British agent with a voracious appetite for danger and sex, made Moore a millionaire and a heartthrob the world over.

The actor, who died on Tuesday at the age of 89, had recently handed over the manuscript of a book about the absurdities of later life.

Newly restored 4K versions of The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only are to be screened in tribute to Sir Roger Moore who died earlier this week. He also said he was terrified of playing the sex scenes which were a key part of the Bond movies. In this role, he honed his image of the urbane Englishman with a stream of damsels to rescue from distress. "There is no better way to remember Roger's legacy than bringing back his iconic performances as James Bond to cinemas across the world while aiding UNICEF, the charity he steadfastly supported". By the time the series, which also aired in the United States, ended in 1969, his partnership with its producers had made him a wealthy man.

Moore's relaxed style and sense of whimsy, which relied heavily on the arched eyebrow, seemed a commentary on the essential ridiculousness of the Bond films, in which the handsome British secret agent was as adept at mixing martinis, bedding lovely women and ordering gourmet meals as he was at disposing of super-villains trying to take over the world. But when I go, I'd just like everyone to say: "He lived longer than anyone I knew"'.

In 1991, Moore became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and he helped raise more than $US90 million for a worldwide campaign to eliminate iodine deficiency.

For his charitable work, Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

Asked for his secret, he told HuffPostUK, "I don't argue".

He married Swedish socialite Kristina Tholstrup in 2002.

  • Zachary Reyes