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Actor Tiger Joe Robinson Dead At 90

| by Sheena Vasani

Actor Tiger Joe Robinson died at age 90 on July 3.

Robinson passed away from a short illness at his home in Brighton, England, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor infamously played a diamond smuggler who fought Sean Connery's James Bond in a glass elevator in the 1971 "Diamonds Are Forever."

He also taught actress Honor Blackman martial arts basics for her role as Pussy Galore in the 1964 Bond film "Goldfinger."

The judo, karate and wrestling champion performed various action roles in films such as the 1955 "A Kid for Two Farthings," for which he was nominated for a Palme d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. Other movies Robinson appeared in include "The Flesh Is Weak," "Sea Fury," "The Bulldog Breed," "Barabbas"  and Tony Richardson's "The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Runner."

In real life, Robinson was also a champion wrestler who successfully competed against Olympic gold medalist Axel Cadier of Sweden in 1952, winning the European heavyweight wrestling title.

Fans took to social media to express their grief.

"#RIP Tiger Joe Robinson; battled Bond in a lift in 'Diamonds Are Forever,' schooled Honor Blackman in self-defense," tweeted one man.

"Sad to hear the news that #JoeRobinson died on the 3rd," tweeted another. "Was in #TheAvengers #DiamondsAreForever & #CarryOnRegardless." 

"Goodnight Joe Robinson," chimed in a third.

Robinson is the second "James Bond" star to die in 2017.

Sir Roger Moore, who played Bond in seven films from the early 1970s to 1985, died on May 23 in Switzerland at 89 years old after battling "a short but brave battle with cancer," reports the BBC.

"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today," wrote his family on Twitter. "We are all devastated." 

Loved ones followed Moore's wishes and held the star's funeral in Monaco.

"The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone," read a statement from his family. "Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina [Tholstrup, his wife] at this difficult time."

In addition to acting, Moore was also a UNICEF  goodwill ambassador -- a role he valued greatly.

"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," his family added in their statement.

"Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people," Moore's children added.

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