Sir Roger Moore has sadly passed away at the age of 89.
The former James Bond star died after “a short but brave battle with cancer”, his three children Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian announced in a statement.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer. The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified with words alone,” they said.
“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 his greatest achievement.
“The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage at London’s Royal Festival Hall.
“The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born. Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.
“Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father’s wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco.”
Moore played 007 in seven James Bond movies, including Live and Let Die, Moonraker, Octopussy and A View to a Kill, as well as playing the lead role of Simon Templar in TV series The Saint for six series between 1962-1969.
He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts where he was a classmate of future Miss Moneypenny, Lois Maxwell.
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