After a short battle with cancer, Sir Roger Moore, UNICEF ambassador and former James Bond actor, has passed away at the age of 89 in Switzerland, his family announced today via his official website.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer. 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 adminiration will be magnified many times over, 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 greatess achievement.
The affection our 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 appearance in November 216 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.
Our thoughts must turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father’s wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco.”
The seven times James Bond actor has been remembered in a statement by Bond producers Barbara Brocoli and Michael G. Wilson.
“We are heartbroken at the news of Sir Roger Moore’s passing. On the screen, he reinvented the role of James Bond with tremendous skill, charisma and humour. In real life, he was a genuine hero working as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for many years dedicating his life to alleviating the suffering of children all over the world. He was a loyal and beloved friend and his legacy shall live on through his films and the millions of lives he touched. We shall miss him enormously. Our love and thoughts are with Deborah, Geoffrey, Christian his grandchildren and his wife Kristina.”
Gary Barber, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Inc., remembers Roger Moore as a valued member of the MGM family.
“I am deeply saddened by the news of Roger Moore’s passing. Roger was a beloved part of the MGM family for decades and leaves behind a legacy of iconic film and television performances that will be revered for generations to come. His suave sophistication in his defining role as James Bond was matched only by his generosity and kindness. He bettered the lives of countless individuals around the world through his long-standing involvement with UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador. Roger will be sorely missed but always remembered, and our thoughts are with his family.”
From all of us here at Bond on the Box, we bid you a fond farewell Sir Roger, and thank you for all of the joy you have brought into our lives. Our deepest sympathies to your beloved family and friends.