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May 24, 2017

Roger Moore Dies at 89: Here Are All His James Bond Roles in Pictures Between 1973 and 1985

British actor Roger Moore, best known for his role as James Bond in films such as Live and Let Die and The Spy Who Loved Me, passed away today in Switzerland after a brief battle with cancer. He was 89.

“With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated,” his family said in a statement posted on Moore’s official Facebook account.

“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone.”

Because of his commitment to several television shows, in particular the long-lasting series The Saint, Roger Moore was unavailable for the James Bond franchise for a considerable time. His participation in The Saint was not only as actor, but also as a producer and director, and he also became involved in developing the series The Persuaders!.

Although, in 1964, he made a guest appearance as James Bond in the comedy series Mainly Millicent, Moore stated in his autobiography My Word Is My Bond (2008) that he had neither been approached to play the character in Dr. No, nor does he feel that he had ever been considered. It was only after Sean Connery had declared in 1966 that he would not play Bond any longer that Moore became aware that he might be a contender for the role. However, after George Lazenby was cast in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Connery played Bond again in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Moore did not consider the possibility until it seemed abundantly clear that Connery had in fact stepped down as Bond for good. At that point Moore was approached, and he accepted producer Albert Broccoli's offer in August 1972. In his autobiography Moore writes that he had to cut his hair and lose weight for the role. Although he resented having to make those changes, he was finally cast as James Bond in Live and Let Die (1973).

After Live and Let Die, Moore continued to portray Bond in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974); The Spy Who Loved Me (1977); Moonraker (1979); For Your Eyes Only (1981); Octopussy (1983); and A View to a Kill (1985).

Moore was the oldest actor to have played Bond – he was 45 in Live and Let Die (1973), and 58 when he announced his retirement on 3 December 1985.

Here are all his James Bond roles in pics in seven movies between 1973 and 1985.

1. Live and Let Die (1973)

2. The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)

3. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)

4. Moonraker (1979)

5. For Your Eyes Only (1981)

6.Octopussy (1983)

7. A View to a Kill (1985)


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