Sir Roger Moore, 1927 - 2017
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Sir Roger George Moore, KBE, the much-loved English actor, has passed away in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, at the age of 89 on May 23, 2017.
He made his name on the small screen in shows such as Ivanhoe, The Saint, Maverick and The Persuaders before taking on the mantle of James Bond for a twelve years tenure (1973-1985) in seven films: Live And Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View To A Kill. He was the epitome of the suave English gent, quipping sweatlessly in a bespoke three-piece suit.
During his acting career spanning several decades, he also appeared in films such as Gold, Shout At The Devil, The Wild Geese, Escape to Athena, North Sea Hijack (also known as ffolkes), The Cannonball Run, Curse of the Pink Panther and Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore.
He devoted a lot of his time to humanitarian work, becoming a Unicef goodwill ambassador in 1991. He was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for "services to charity".
Moore wrote two books about his time as Bond as well as two autobiographies, the most recent of which was 2014’s Last Man Standing. When asked by Time in 2012 who his favourite Bond was, he changed his mind from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig.
He was quoted saying: “Being eternally known as Bond has no downside. People often call me ‘Mr. Bond’ when we’re out and I don’t mind a bit. Why would I?”