Earlier this week, Sir Roger Moore, the third actor to portray Ian Fleming’s British Secret Service Agent, James Bond, passed away at the age of 89. Moore died after a brief battle with cancer at his home in Switzerland, according to his family members. The actor first achieved fame with lead television roles in series like Maverick and The Saint in the 1950s and 60s. His first outing as James Bond came with 1973’s Live and Let Die, the second Bond novel by author Ian Fleming. Moore’s appointment to the role came after Sean Connery returned for one additional film (Diamonds Are Forever) following actor George Lazenby’s dismissal from the the part. He would then go on to star as Bond in an additional six films throughout the remainder of the 1970s and up until 1985’s A View To A Kill.
Although Moore holds the record for carrying the role the longest of any of the six Bond actors, his films were not necessarily the most popular. Several, including Octopussy and Moonraker, were less than memorable. The iconic The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), however, is credited with bringing a new wave of public interest back to the Bond film series. Moore retired from the role in 1985 and was replaced by Timothy Dalton for 1987’s The Living Daylights. He went on to star in other action films and romantic comedies like Bed & Breakfast. He also wrote several books chronicling his experience in playing Bond, including Bond on Bond and Roger Moore’s Own Account of Filming Live and Let Die. In addition to his acting career, Moore was also known for his charitable work, even becoming a UNICEF ambassador in 1991. Moore is the first actor to portray the famous spy to pass away, and he will be sorely missed.