James Bond’s Roger Moore Dies at 89

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Growing up, my father was an avid James Bond enthusiast. Ask him any trivia, and he was sure to answer correctly, making it no surprise that I have seen every single James Bond film ever made. So, when we found out about the death of the infamous Roger Moore, the seven film James Bond actor, we knew the entertainment industry had lost a great to his battle with cancer. Before Bond, the Londoner made his name known through the television series

Before Bond, the Londoner made his name known through the television series Maverick, The Saint, and The Persuaders. However, Moore left his biggest mark on Hollywood throughout his time as 007. From 1973-1985, the handsome actor starred in seven of the classic Bond films, including Live and Let Die, Man With the Golden Gun, For Your Eyes Only, and A View to Kill, to name a few. While Moore indeed exuded the persona of a true James Bond actor, he also acted the role perfectly with his undeniable charm and wit. Each Bond actor brought something unique to the table, including Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, but it was the light-hearted persona that Moore brought to the seemingly intense role as James Bond. After his share of fight scenes, dry martinis, and Bond women (of course), Moore chose to leave the MGM family, leaving behind a legacy that will stick with the iconic film series for generations in the future. Following the series, Moore acted ever-so-often,

While Moore indeed exuded the persona of a true James Bond actor, he also acted the role perfectly with his undeniable charm and wit. Each Bond actor brought something unique to the table, including Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan, but it was the light-hearted persona that Moore brought to the seemingly intense role as James Bond. After his share of fight scenes, dry martinis, and Bond women (of course), Moore chose to leave the MGM family, leaving behind a legacy that will stick with the iconic film series for generations in the future.

Following the series, Moore acted ever-so-often, starring in a few roles here and there along-side actors Richard Burton, Gregory Peck, and Burt Reynolds. In addition to his acting career, Moore was heavily involved in charity work for several years, primarily as the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador after being awarded the Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999. UNICEF executive director Anthony Lake while speaking about Moore mentioned,“ In his most famous roles as an actor, Roger was the epitome of cool sophistication; but in his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, he was a passionate – and highly persuasive – advocate for children.”

The actor’s kindness and generosity left the world with a heavy heart after his passing, especially his family, including wife Kristina, and children Deborah, Geoffrey, and Christian. Moore demonstrated his gentle personality in an interview with NPR in 2014.

“I look like a comedic lover, and Sean in particular, and Daniel Craig now, they are killers,” Moore said. “They look like killers. I wouldn’t like to meet Daniel Craig on a dark night if I’d said anything bad about him.”

Moore’s death rattled the Hollywood community, including long-time friend Michael Caine, who tweeted, “I am devastated today aft losing one of my oldest and closest friends Roger Moore, my world will never be the same again.”

In addition, fellow James Bond Pierce Brosnan paid his respects to his friend Moore, as well as Moore’s family and children through an Instagram post of the pair. Other celebrities such as Russell Crowe, Joan Collins, and former Bond girl Jane Seymour, who all gave tributes to the fallen actor. In addition to the celebrity tributes, various charities said their condolences, including UNICEF, Peta, and Royal British Legion. Moore’s acting career spanned over sixty years, with a variety of Hollywood hits, but the dapper gentleman will always best be remembered as the longest-running 007 actor. Simultaneously, despite his abundant success and publicity, Moore was known most for his kind heart and generous nature, leaving everyone who had the pleasure of meeting him throughout his time with a heavy heart. His funeral will take place in Monaco where he settled with his wife Kristina.

A coffee depended life-form who enjoys thriller novels, creative writing, and wearing heels to feel taller. Shy to acquaintances, presumably obnoxious to friends. Watched the Harry Potter saga more times than I should admit, but then I remember: who cares? Thoroughly enjoy getting dressed up, but love my fuzzy sweatpants. I like to think my life is interesting.

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