Roger Moore dies aged 89
Sir Roger Moore has died at the age of 89.
The actor, best known for playing James Bond in seven of the 007 movies, passed away earlier today (May 23rd) after a short battle with cancer.
His family confirmed the news online in a short statement, which you can read below:
With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017
Born in 1927, Moore began acting at the age of 17, but worked mainly in modelling for the first few years of his career while he worked to build his acting career.
His breakthrough came in 1954 when he signed a seven-film contract with MGM, a contract which earned him small roles in The King's Thief and Diane.
His career took off seriously in 1958 when he was cast as the titular hero in the hugely popular adaptation of Ivanhoe, a role which then earned him a starring role in Western series Maverick and action serial The Saint.
Most famously he starred as James Bond in seven films, beginning his career as 007 in 1973 with Live And Let Die and finishing with 1985's A View To A Kill. He remains the longest serving James Bond.
In his years after Bond Moore focused more on charity work and in particular his role as an ambassador for UNICEF. He was given a Knighthood in 2003.