James Bond actors pay tribute to Roger Moore

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 24, 2017

It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moor, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but fearless battle with cancer. the love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it can not be quantified in words alone.

George Lazenby, who starred in just one Bond film, 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, was the first of the five remaining Bonds to pay tribute to Roger Moore. We are all devastated.

His family's statement read, "The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it can not be quantified with words alone".

Moore played the role of James Bond from 1973 to 1985 and was knighted in his home country of England in 2003.

A private funeral will be held for Sir Roger in Monaco in due course.

The actor, who came to the role in 1973 after Connery exhausted of it, had already enjoyed a long career in films and television, albeit with mixed success.

Born in Stockwell, south London, Moore studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA).

Former Bond girl, Jane Seymour, thanked the actor for "holding her hand" when they worked together on 1973's Live And Let Die, and remembered him as "funny, kind and thoughtful".

His other prominent performance were in films such as "Bullseye!", "Bed & Breakfast", "Curse of the Pink Panther" and "The Quest". It was partly for this reason that he moved on to less appreciated but more worthy charitable work later in life, becoming an ambassador of the children's foundation UNICEF, into which he put time and a genuine passion to improve the lives of the unfortunate.

Moore penned two books about his time as Bond as well as two autobiographies, including "My Word is My Bond: The Autobiography", which was peppered with anecdotes about his encounters with other stars and his memories of his time in Hollywood.

Celebrities across the globe expressed their grief over Moore's demise.

"I was very sad to hear of Roger's passing", said Sean Connery - one of Moore's predecessors for the role that made him a household name across the globe - in a statement.

Paul McCartney has offered up tributes to actor Roger Moore and the victims of Monday night's bombing in Manchester as a day of mourning in the United Kingdom comes to an end.

Other tributes have also poured in from the likes of actress Mia Farrow, theatre mogul Andrew Lloyd Webber, directors James Wan and Edgar Wright, and William Shatner, who called Sir Roger "an unbelievable talent". Loving thoughts with his family and friends.

In 1996, when his UNICEF job took him to the World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, he disclosed that he too had been a victim. "Roger was the epitome of Bond, witty, sophisticated, elegant, funny". You will remain in our hearts forever.

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