Roger Moore, an actor who played James Bond, has died at the age of 89. The suave English actor, who also played Simon Templar in The Saint, never got the chance to play a “real baddie,” which was always his dream.
Born in London, the actor passed away in Switzerland after suffering a short battle with cancer. His children announced on the actor’s Twitter account that he had passed away.
Moore took over as James Bond after 1969, when George Lazenby completed his time in the role and filmed On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The first movie that Moore appeared in was Live and Let Die in 1973. He went on to star in The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, and A View to a Kill, among others. Moore claims that it was his choice to leave the James Bond franchise after more than a decade in the role.
The Unicef ambassador made his version of James Bond famous with his charisma and laidback attitude. Unlike the first James Bond, portrayed by Sean Connery, Moore’s character took the role in a more charming direction.
Moore once said that his personality was different to earlier Bonds, and that he didn’t see his character as a cold-blooded killer. Instead, he believed that he played his character for laughs, with a cocked eyebrow and his cheeky smile. He was less serious than Sean Connery’s strict and serious 007 character.
Amy Winehouse was thought to be a big fan of Moore too, even referencing him in her 2006 track “You Know I’m No Good.” Upon hearing about his reference in the song, however, Moore famously said that Winehouse probably just realized it “rhymed with door.”
Moore spent more years playing Bond than any other actor in the franchise. Throughout his film career as Bond, he’d been accompanied by 19 different Bond beauties. His movies also made more than $1 billion at box office showings. He did not, however, believe him to be the best version of Bond – Moore preferred Sean Connery, George Lazenby, and Daniel Craig.
Roger George Moore was born in Stockwell, South London, on October 14, 1927. He grew up as an only child, and was evacuated to Sussex during the Second World War. His father stayed in the city, where he worked as a police officer.
When he came of age, Moore’s first job was with a London film company by the name of Publicity Pictures Production. Moore was a specialist in animating cartoons, but was soon fired.
A friend then suggested that he could make some extra money if he worked as an extra in the movie Caesar and Cleopatra in 1945. He got the job, and appeared as a Roman soldier.
He then started landing more parts, including one role in a theater production in London by the name of The Circle of Chalk. His career grew over decades until he landed the role as the most famous spy in the world.