Beloved Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced.
Best known for his work as the English spy he leaves behind a grand body of work including the role of James Bond which he made his own between the years of 1973-85.
Moore’s Bond was considered comedic and outlandish to the one created by author Ian Fleming who was initially brought to life by first Sean Connery in 1964’s Dr. No – his debonair, more seasoned take on the character seen as emblematic of the decade, even if his louche attributes turned some off (by his own admission he was “the fourth best” Bond).
Sir Roger’s Bond was calm and suave – a smooth operator who could seemingly get himself out of a tricky situation with ease. Sir Roger’s family confirmed the tragic news on Twitter, saying he had died after “a short but brave battle with cancer”.
The statement, from his children, read: “Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people.”
“With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated,” they said in a Twitter post. The Bond actor, who died in Switzerland, will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes, his children said.
“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone,” read the statement from Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.
“Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina [Tholstrup, his wife] at this difficult time.”
The statement added: “We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement.
Along with his famous Bond role, Moore was also known for TV series The Persuaders and The Saint.
Sir Roger was also well known for his humanitarian work – he was introduced to Unicef by the late Audrey Hepburn and was appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991 which he continued throughout his life.
Since the release of the statement, tributes have flooded in from his peers.
Michael Caine said: “I am truly sad and think I will be in tears if I talk about him.
“Roger was the perfect gentlemen, adored by all his friends.”
Mia Farrow wrote: “Few are as kind & giving as was Roger Moore. Loving thoughts with his family & friends,” while Boy George added: “RIP Sir Roger Moore. He was the king of cool.”