Legendary James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore (89) today passed away after fighting a short battle with cancer. Moore's family announced this sad news with a letter of condolence on the actor's official Twitter account.
“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 family said in a letter.
Roger Moore played the British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985.
Roger Moore played the character of James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973) after he took over the role from Sean Connery in 1972. Moore, who was the longest serving Bond to date had portrayed '007' in six more films.
Roger Moore had not been able to play as James Bond for a considerable time because of his commitment to television shows. 'The Saint' was among the particular one.
After Sean Connery had declared in 1966 that he would not play Bond any longer, Moore realised that it was the right when he could replace him for the '007' role.
Apart from being an actor, Moore also took model projects and had appeared in print advertisements for knitwear after which he got the nickname 'The Big Knit'.
Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for "services to charity". He was also appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991,
Moore had also worked with MGM after he signed a 7-year contract in 1954. However, the films that came after couldn't taste the success. The Bond actor in his own words, "At MGM, RGM (Roger George Moore) was NBG (no bloody good).
Roger Moore did not act on screen for five years after he stopped playing '007'.
Moore was voted 'Best Bond' in an Academy Awards poll in 2004. He also won with 62% of votes in another poll in 2008. In 1987, Moore hosted Happy Anniversary 007: 25 Years of James Bond.