Sir Roger Moore, best known for being the third James Bond in the Bond franchise passed away at the age of 89 on Tuesday in Switzerland. Roger Moore’s children announced his death saying, “he passed away today … after a short but brave battle with cancer”, The Guardian reported. Some his movies in the Bond franchise include Octopussy, Live and Let Die, A View to Kill, Moonraker, The Spy Who Loved Me, Bonds are Forever. Born in 1927 in London, Moore started his career as a model in the early 1950s. Moore will be best remembered for playing James Bond and for his hit TV shows, “The Saint” and “The Persuaders”. He also became a Unicef goodwill ambassador in 1991 and devoted a lot of time to humanitarian work across the globe. In the year 1999, Moore was awarded the CBE, which turned into a knighthood in 2003, bestowed upon him for his charitable work.
The Guardian reports that Moore’s decision to become a goodwill ambassador was based on his friendship with Audrey Hepburn, who also happened to be working with the same charity at the time. Speaking to The Guardian about his knighthood, Moore had said that the fact that the honour had been bestowed upon him for his humanitarian works and not his acting meant a lot more to him. He said, “I’m sure some people would say, “What does an actor know about world issues?” But I’ve become an expert on things from the causes of dwarfism to the benefits of breastfeeding. I feel very privileged.”
Moore is known to have published two autobiographies, along with two books about his tenure as James Bond. Moore’s favourite Bond for a long time was actor Sean Connery, an answer he changed to Daniel Craig, in an interview with Time in 2012. In an interview with GQ in 2008, he had said that man could either grow old gracefully or begrudgingly; “I chose both”. Sir Roger Moore is survived by his wife Kristina Tholstrup and three children.