Acting legend Sir Roger Moore, star of seven James Bond films, died in Switzerland on Tuesday, a statement from his family said. Sir Roger was 89 and had been battling cancer. A tweet posted on his official handle 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.”
The appended statement was signed by Sir Roger’s three children – daughter Deborah and sons Geoffrey Robert and Christian Moore. In the statement, they said that the family will organise for a private funeral as per Sir Roger’s wishes..
Before being cast as the British secret agent, Sir Roger Moore had also played Simon Templar in a TV adaptation of The Saint that ran for six seasons. His pre-Bond TV credits also included Ivanhoe and Maverick. Sir Roger Moore returned to TV work after his 007 films.
Sir Roger was became UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991.
Sir Roger Moore was married four times and is survived by his fourth wife Kristina Tholstrup and his children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.