Tuesday, 23 May 2017

SIR ROGER MOORE, DIES AGED 89

Roger Moore died early today (May 23) after what his family tweeted, “a short but brave battle with cancer.” They also tweeted, “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”
Roger Moore died in Switzerland; his family stated that a private funeral will take place in Monaco. He was 89.

Roger Moore and Barbara Bach
He wasn’t the first James Bond, nor was Bond the only role he played. But for seven of those ever-popular films. 

He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die(1973),The Man with the Golden Gun (1974),The Spy Who Loved Me(1977),Moonraker (1979),For Your Eyes Only (1981),Octopussy (1983),A View to a Kill (1985) it was Roger Moore in the title role as 007, the British secret agent created in 1953 by the late Ian Fleming.

Sir Roger George Moore was born in Stockwell, London, on Oct. 14, 1927. Following his national service, he studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began appearing as an extra in films while also working as a model.
In 1954 he signed a contract with MGM and appeared in several unsuccessful films before signing with Warner Bros. two years later. In 1959 he starred in the film The Miracle and in an episode of the TV series The Third Man.


It was, in fact, television that gave him his steadiest work in his early years, with roles in Ivanhoe (1958-59), The Alaskans (1959-60), Maverick (1960-61) and, finally, The Saint, which elevated him to international fame. Moore appeared in 118 episodes of the series, then took a role in The Persuaders! (1971–1972) before the Bond role was offered to him.
In addition to the Bond films, Moore was best known for his role as Simon Templar in the British TV series The Saint from 1962-69.


Roger and Barbara in 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me
Moore was being considered for the role as early as the mid-’60s, according to various biographies, but said that he would not take it until he was certain that Sean Connery, who had been begun starring as Bond in 1962’s Dr. No, was finished playing the character.

In 1969, for On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, actor George Lazenby took the role, and Connery returned for 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever, but by 1973 Bond was Moore’s for the asking. He played the agent in Live and Let Die, The Man With the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill before moving on to other things.

After leaving the Bond films, Moore took a five-year break before coming back with the TV series My Riviera and the film Bed & Breakfast. He appeared in the 1996 film The Quest, and as the Chief in Spice World in 1997. He continued to land roles in other films and television programs.
Moore never won an Oscar for his film work but was the recipient of several lifetime achievement awards. He was knighted in 2003.

James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me 
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. Curd Jürgens and Barbara Bach co-star.  

Barbara Bach as Anya Amasova/Agent Triple X: A Soviet KGB agent also investigating the theft. Her attraction to Bond is cut short when she learns he killed her lover. Bach was cast only four days before principal photography began, and performed her audition expecting just a role in the film, not one of the protagonists.

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