Remembered as the suave James Bond, we say a sad farewell to Roger Moore who has left us at age 89.
Tributes are pouring today after the world learned that we lost Sir Roger Moore, who passed away after an abrupt battle with cancer. Not long after, his children issued a touching statement saying “Thank you Pops for being you and being so very special to so many people.”
Moore had inherited the role of Bond from Sean Connery, and he added a quirkiness and wit to the character. He will be remembered for his seven appearances in the series of films, which made him the longest running Bond. In addition to playing 007, he also was most familiar in The Persuaders! and The Saint.
Honors and Knighthood
The most poignant work undertaken by Moore during his life was his time with UNICEF. Humanitarian work came naturally to him. In fact, he spent most of his later career off screen using his fame to bring attention to worthy courses.
For this, the Queen awarded him a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1999. Later in 2003, this would be upgraded to the prestigious title Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
At the age of 81, Hollywood finally gave him the deserved accolade of a star on the prestigious Hollywood Walk of Fame. Later that year the French decided to appoint him a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Both of Moore’s parents were humble working class people, his mother a housewife and his father a policeman. After deciding to quit university, he decided to pursue the acting career that would shoot him to stardom. He gained a position at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Film Director Brian Desmond Hurst had faith in his talents and paid his fees, and gave him work as an extra in a film.
So confident was Moore in his abilities he also left the Academy six months before completing the course. He would have some minor work in a couple of films, but all of this had to be put on hold when he was conscripted into national service. Moore rose to a position of Captain, stationed in West Germany.
When returning to civilian life, he took up modeling before appearing in several minor films as a result of MGM signing a contract with him. It wasn’t until 1958 that his big break would arrive. Moore was cast as the lead in the television series Ivanhoe. Ultimately this propelled his popularity and led him to mega-stardom as Bond down the track.
Rocky road to love for a real gentleman
Moore is survived by his children, and his adoring wife, Kristina Tholstrup. He ended his life in a tranquil marriage after many years of marriages to wives who were abusive and cruel.
A true gentleman to the end, he will be remembered fondly by his fans. Many celebrities such as Russell Crowe, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Mia Farrow have shown an outpouring of grief and given statements of remembrance to this fine actor on Twitter.
We send our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. He is to be buried in Monaco and will have a private ceremony.