LOS ANGELES, CA — Film actor Roger Moore has died, according to a family spokesperson.
Born on Oct. 14, 1927, in Stockwell, South London, England, Moore, best known for his role as James Bond, passed away after a brief battle with cancer. He was 89. Aside from his recurring role as star of the 007 saga, Moore was also known for starring television roles in “The Persuaders” and “The Saint”.
Moore’s final film appearance was a supporting role in “The Carer” (2016), about an aging and ailing British actor (Brian Cox).
In addition to his fame as an actor, Moore also served with honors in the British military. He was drafted during the final year of World War II, serving as a second lieutenant in the Royal Army Service Corps. After the war he left for the United States in 1953 where he found fame in show business.
During a 2014 interview with NPR, Moore, speaking of a prior battle with cancer, said that he had no fear of death because he believed in an afterlife.
“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.”
“With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated,” Moore’s children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian, said in a statement on Twitter (https://twitter.com/sirrogermoore/status/867005447018086400).
“Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people. The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone,” the statement continued. “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 (a charitable organization) which he considered to be his greatest achievement. Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina [Tholstrup, his wife] at this difficult time.”
In a separate statement, fellow Unicef ambassador and actor Ewan McGregor said: “Thank you, Roger, for having championed so tirelessly the rights of all children for the last 26 years. You’ve shown that we all have the power to make a change to the lives of the most vulnerable children.”
In recognition of his charity work, Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2003.
“Her Majesty said I’d been involved with charities for a long time, but she supposed that people will always call me 007,” Moore said of the honor. “I said that I didn’t mind because I was paid money for it!”
Moore will be buried in Monaco after a private ceremony in accordance with his wishes, his children said.
Funeral arrangements are pending.