Here goes another piece of my childhood. It is with a very heavy heart that Electroshadow reports the passing of Sir Roger Moore, the man who played James Bond seven times, across 12 years. He passed away last night in Switzerland, after a battle with cancer at the age of 89. Moore is survived by his wife Kristina Tholstrup and his three children, Deborah, Geoffrey, and Christian. His family made the announcement, and they issued the following statement:
“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone. We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times, 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.’
The affection out 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 to his last appearing in November 2016 on stage at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born.
Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.”
Moore may not have been everyone’s favourite Bond, but he was my formative Bond. I’ve always maintained that there is a place for each version of 007, and while Moore’s was often touted as the silly, jokey one, he was to me cool as hell yet effortlessly charming and witty. Some of his outings were better than others, with “Moonraker” (cheesy “Star Wars” riff notwithstanding), “For Your Eyes Only” and “A View To A Kill” among the most entertaining of the Bond franchise.
Moore first came to fame on TV, starring in shows like “Ivanhoe”, “The Alaskans”, and “Maverick”. But his real breakthrough came in 1962 in “The Saint”, where he spent seven years playing a Bond-ian precursor. That landed him his most iconic role, with his first outing in 1973’s “Live And Let Die”.
Moore’s fellow Bond actors came out to pay tribute to him, with the original Bond Sean Connery telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I was very sad to hear of Roger’s passing. We had an unusually long relationship by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter, I will miss him.”
George Lazenby, who preceded Moore in the role, also issued a statement: “I liked Roger, he was a genuine fellow, a really good guy.”
Pierce Brosnan shared an open letter to the late, saying actor on his Facebook page: “It is indeed with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your passing this morning. You were a big part of my life, from The Saint to James Bond… you were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humor for years to come. My sincerest condolences to your family and children. RIP.”
Thank you for being a great Bond, and an inspiration to many, Mr. Moore.