This is a tribute to Roger Moore, the actor famous for portraying James Bond in seven “007” films between 1973 and 1985 who died after a battle with cancer at age 89.
Roger Moore is best known as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond franchise, but his career was much more than playing the debonair spy.
Born in London and the son of a police officer and a housewife, Moore dropped out of high school and went to work as an animation apprentice with a British film company.
His good looks helped get him bit roles in films. He went on to become ‘Simon Templar ‘in the popular British television series “The Saint” from 1962 to 1969.
But his big break came at the age of 46 when he took on the role of James Bond. He had the longest run as 007. His natural wry sense of humour went very well with the James Bond one-liners. On his portraying James Bond he had said “I look like a comedic lover, and Sean [Connery] in particular, and Daniel Craig now, they are killers.” They look like killers. I wouldn’t like to meet Daniel Craig on a dark night if I’d said anything bad about him.”
Moore was married four times: to actress Doorn Van Steyn from 1946 to 1953, singer Dorothy Squires from 1953 to 1968, to Italian actress Luisa Mattioli from 1969 to 1996 and socialite Kristina Tholstrup whom he was married to at the time of his death.
He was passionate about his work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement.
He did not believe that death was the end. “My attitude about death is, going into the next room, and it’s a room that the rest of us can’t get into because we don’t have the key,” he said. “But when we do get the key, we’ll go in there and we’ll see one another again, in some shape or form, or whatever.”