James Bond Star Sir Roger Moore Dies

23 May 2017, 14:52 | Updated: 23 May 2017, 15:16

Sir Roger Moore in 1970

The legendary actor passed away after a short battle with cancer, aged 89.

Sir Roger Moore, best known for his role as James Bond, has died from cancer aged 89.

Moore played Agent 007 between 1973’s Live And Let Die and 1985’s A View To A Kill and was also known for playing The Saint on TV in the 60s and starring in The Persuaders with Tony Curtis in the 70s.

In a statement, Moore’s children with third wife Luisa Mattioli, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian, said:

“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 admiration 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 greatest 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 2016 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 now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father's wishes there will be a funeral in Monaco. 

Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.”

As well as his three children, Moore is also survived by his fourth wife Kristina 'Kiki' Tholstrup - with whom he raised her daughter Christina Knudsen, who died in July 2016 at the age of 47.

He is currently is the longest serving 007 spending 12 years in the role and starring in seven films, including Live and Let Die, The Man with The Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me.

Duran Duran, who penned the theme tune to A View To A Kill tweeted today:

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