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Sir Roger Moore, Former James Bond Actor, Dead At 89

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Sir Roger Moore, who notably starred as James Bond, has died at the age of 89 after battling cancer.

Moore's children confirmed the actor's death on his official Twitter account with an attached statement to a tweet that read, "With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated."

In the statement, Moore's children, Deborah, Geoffrey, and Christian, say that "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 in words alone."

Moore's children then acknowledge the work their father did during his lifetime, including films, television shows, and as a UNICEF ambassador, noting that their "love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him" for his contributions.

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They added that Moore considered his work with UNICEF to be 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 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 foundation of the building just a short distance from where he was born," Moore's children wrote.

"Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people," the statement says.

Deborah, Geoffrey, and Christian then state that they will now focus on supporting Kristina, Moore's wife, and that, as was their father's wish, a private funeral will take place in Monaco where the actor lived.

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Moore was a popular television actor in England when he was cast as James Bond, according to The Huffington Post UK.

His first Bond film was 1973's "Live and Let Die," followed by "The Man With the Golden Gun," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Moonraker," "For Your Eyes Only," "Octopussy," and "A View To A Kill."

Moore was Bond more than any other actor with his 12-year tenure.

In an interview with The Huffington Post UK, he chronicled a normal day as a UNICEF ambassador, which involved “getting out of bed, avoiding the furniture, kissing my wife good morning, a little bit of exercise, and then it’s time to start on the begging letters." After a perfect comic pause, Moore said, “I write quite a few of those.”

In 2003, Moore was knighted for his work with UNICEF.

Sources: Sir Roger Moore/TwitterThe Huffington Post UK / Photo credit: Allan warren/Wikimedia Commons

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