Actor Roger Moore Dies At Age 89

The BBC reports:

Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced. He played the famous spy in seven Bond films including Live and Let Die and the Spy Who Loved Me.

Sir Roger’s family confirmed the news on Twitter, saying he had died after “a short but brave battle with cancer”. The statement, from his children, read: “Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people.”

“With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated,” they said in a Twitter post. Sir Roger, who died in Switzerland, will have a private funeral in Monaco in accordance with his wishes, they added.

  • DreadPikathulhu

    Nobody does it better. RIP Sir. Roger.

  • another_steve

    Condolences to his family.

    He’s my husband’s favorite 007.

    • Ninja0980

      My second favorite one after Pierce Brosnan, whom I grew up with.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    I know this isn’t a popular opinion among hardcore 007 fans, but I always thought the Roger Moore films were the funnest Bond films with the best Bond girls – and they definitely had the best Bond theme songs of all time.

    • William

      Dr. Holly Goodhead.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        And Chu Mi, May Day, Goodnight, Anya Amasova, Jenny Flex, so many of them.

        • Ninja0980

          Xenia Onatopp, Pussy Gallore, Plenty O’Toole.

    • Ninja0980

      For Your Eyes Only.
      Great song and great movie.

      • That_Looks_Delicious

        I like that, ‘All Time High’ and ‘View to a Kill’, and I love ‘Nobody Does It Better’ and ‘Live and Let Die’. I don’t really care for any of the Bond songs that came before or after those (no, not even Adele’s).

    • FAEN

      I enjoyed Moore as Bond. I absolutely hated, hated, hated the Brosnan movies. My partner enjoys them but I could barely sit through it.

      • Ninja0980

        Love the first three, Die Another Day….*&**(

      • Marti386

        I really liked Timothy Dalton’s short stint as Bond. The Living Daylights remains one of the best Bond movies.

        • FAEN

          I didn’t mind Dalton.

        • pablo

          The Living Daylights is number 3 on my list.

    • fkevin

      Definitely the cheekiest.

    • another_steve

      I think Sean Connery (the original 007) is one of the sexist men on the planet.

      Today, still.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b2678fd83763124e8b31f68bf3793cad91c93ec8c7ce1ac41f5b3f47c271fe9f.jpg

      • except he’s a right wing asshole. and a complete sexist.

        • Marti386

          He is? Damn.

        • saucetin

          Right wing? Unfortunate, that.

        • Keiffer

          Yes. My boss’ mom went to school with “Tam” and he was disliked to the max among his classmates. The story goes the gang were trying to figure out which of them made it best out in the world and when finally someone said, “well obviously Tam,” she didn’t know that Sean was Tam because he was such a bleeding wanker back in the day.

        • Zollergasse

          And a wife-beater. Shit actor too.

        • Robert Pierce

          And he used to beat up his former wife and actress, Diane Cilento, beat her unconscious. In 1965, he once said that it was ok to beat up a woman the way you beat up a man.

          • another_steve

            If you’re going to blacklist heterosexual male celebrities with unfortunate histories concerning women, good luck to you, sir.

            Google Charles Dickens on the subject. πŸ˜‰

          • thatotherjean

            Lovely to look at, but you’d want to keep your distance–and keep 911 on speed-dial.

        • Ningsisa

          And he was a total asshat to Albert Broccoli for no real reason.

        • Mihangel apYrs

          ah, his good points πŸ˜‰

      • yes b’y

        oh he is, Steve

      • definitely!

      • Goodboy
    • boatboy_srq

      Moore definitely had a sense of humour not often found in the rest of the franchise.

    • Marti386

      Me too. Moore never took the part too seriously, and he always seemed to give a little wink to the audience.

      My all time favorite Bond movie is Moonraker. Shocking, but true.

      • Randy Ellicott

        Well of course where we see Jaws has a heart, so so cheesy but one of my favorites as well!!

      • William

        Mine too. Don’t tell anyone.

      • DonnaLee

        I thought his voice was the best for Bond of all time. Pierce Brosnan was my favorite.

    • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

      Jane Seymour’s “Solitaire” was stunning.

    • Zollergasse

      Totally agree. For me Roger Moore was the best Bond.

    • Todd

      Moore was my first Bond, and the first 007 movie I saw was Moonraker. That’s what stuck with me and to me he will always be THE James Bond.

      • violamateo

        Each Bond has had his moments, but for me nothing beats Daniel Craig emerging from the surf, showing off that package of his….

      • pablo

        I think that’s the first one I saw in the Cinema too. I was 11(I think).

      • narutomania

        For me it was ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ (1977), and Moore was my first Bond. And no one really held a candle to him until Daniel Craig came along.

        Craig has infused the franchise with a real sense of the physical. A spy who can run and jump and flip and fight.

        But Moore had it all over all of them for his turn of a phrase, the delivery of his wit. And, as others have note, that little suggestion of a wink at the audience.

        R.I.P. Sir Roger

    • Jerry

      And last month, the man who played J.W. Pepper, the LA sheriff in 2 Bond films, died at age 96…he provided quite a bit of comedy in “Live and Let Die”, and was so popular that they brought him back for “The Man with the Golden Gun”. One of my favorite film quotes:
      (On vacation in Thailand)
      Maybelle Pepper: “Oh look JW! I just got to have me one of those cute little elephants!”
      J.W. Pepper: (spits) “A elephant? We’s Democrats Maybelle!”

    • CityWOOF

      Totally agree!
      He was my first Bond, and I thought his movies were great.

  • Robincho

    No, no, no, you fucking idiots! Today was supposed to be Roy Moore, not Roger!

    • clay

      Angels, not known for independent intelligence.

      • JT

        Still jostling for position on pinheads.

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    • bambinoitaliano

      Scalia is too busy entertaining Ailes, someone ought to alert him to make room for three.

    • Mihangel apYrs

      The Devil refused to sign the invoice for Roy!

  • Ninja0980

    RIP Roger Moore.
    Thank you for the memories and great Bond films.

  • Silver Badger

    His family was devastated when he died at 89? Not living in the real world are they? RIP Roger Moore.

    • another_steve

      You’ve never been devastated when an aged loved one died?

      Really?

      • Silver Badger

        Sad, yes. Devastated, no.

    • Tawreos

      Give them a break, most families don’t have to issue a worldwide press release when a loved one dies.

    • kareemachan

      You know, snark is nice sometimes. This? No.

      Urusai.

      • Silver Badger

        No snark about it. People die a lot younger and more tragically. He had a good life and a long life. It was his time to go. After a bout with cancer, it was a blessed release.

        • Lars Littlefield

          And for those of us who aren’t that much younger than 89 it’s hard to feel that death is necessarily a great tragedy.

    • jmax

      The headline shocked me, I didn’t realize he was one year older than my father.

  • Rex

    Gone. He’s gone.

  • The New Paige Turnerβ„’

    He was in “The persuaders” with Tony Curtis in the early 1970’s. Many of you who are stateside would not have seen this TV show. Theme by John Barry may sound familiar.

    RIP Sir Roger

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvuuAUJ2x6I

    • FAEN

      OMG I didn’t know anyone would remember The Persuaders. I loved that show when I was a wee lad. Roger was already Bond at that point.

      • The New Paige Turnerβ„’

        Remember “the new avengers” with Joanna Lumley as Purdie?

        yes, thats Patsy Stone in the middle

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBpog_8g3LY

        • FAEN

          Hell yes! I watched that before I got to watch the original ‘Avengers’ with Diana Rigg. If there is a box set I might snap it up. Have never seen ‘The Persuaders’ on DVD.

          • The New Paige Turnerβ„’

            Purdie, Gambitt and Steed.

            Steed had a modified Jaguar XJ6, Gambitt a Range Rover and Purdie a Golf GTI. Very sexy British TV at its best.

          • The New Paige Turnerβ„’

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8cf7f78eebcc02587dd3d6672ea9463a278ff37ecb5cb2aab428eaa013474fc1.jpg

            Updated series with new cars. Gambitt with an XVS V12 and Purdie with an MGV8

          • grada3784

            Diana Rigg Avengers set at Critics Choice video.

          • JohnFS

            The Persuaders box set of all episodes is/was available. I bought it last year.

          • FAEN

            Thanks for letting me know. I might treat myself 😊.

      • The New Paige Turnerβ„’

        And “Department S”. What a great theme!

        BBC Top Gear lampooned it a few years ago with my favourite car of all time. The Jensen interceptor.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLp4FhDAfQk

        • FAEN

          I never watched that. I’m going to see if I can find it. Thanks much.

          • The New Paige Turnerβ„’

            The Theme tune alone is worth the price of admission. A full orchestra, strings and a key change! Perfection

        • Todd

          That episode of TG was excellent. I’ve watched it a few times and enjoy it every time.

        • JohnFS

          Agree on the Jensen. I’ve still got mine stored away in the attic. Unfortunately it’s a Dinky / Corgi one. Bit different from my current Yeti.

      • kareemachan

        I am SO glad that I’m not the only one to remember this show and love it.

      • Colonel Panic.

        It’s currently showing on one of the minor free-to-air channels here in the UK. It hasn’t aged at all well but I’m still enjoying it.

        • FAEN

          It’s a piece of my childhood. I’m sure I’ll laugh through it if I watch it now.

          BTW-did you ever watch ‘The Duchess of Duke Street’?

          • The New Paige Turnerβ„’

            No, not on my radar Im afraid.

            Im going to throw some Bond in here. Its George Lazenby’s other flim in 1975 – The Man From Hong Kong. Theme tune- Youve blown it all sky high by Jigsaw.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqGPbEzOZSQ

          • Lars Littlefield

            The Duchess of Duke Street was a must see on PBS in the USA for all the seasons it lasted. A more interesting series, to me, than the Forsyth Saga. It made me dream of owning a “gentleman’s” hotel for several years. If Luisa Trotter could have an Edwardian Hotel that served those needing to hide a secret, why couldn’t I?

          • Colonel Panic.

            Occasionally: not really my thing though. I preferred science fiction and action.

          • FAEN

            I enjoyed ‘Space 1999’ and ‘Star Trek’ while I could find them.

          • Colonel Panic.

            I thought the first series of Space 1999 was good. Second series was… Not.

          • FAEN

            Did you ever watch ‘The Professionals’?

          • Colonel Panic.

            Oh yes. I had a bit of a thing for Martin Shaw..

    • Natty Enquirer

      Electric harpsichord! And is that a hammered dulcimer on lead? Far out, man.

  • TJ

    I prefer to think of him as the Saint. Or I prefer to think of The Saint. Something like that.

  • FAEN

    Rest now Mr Moore. You were the Bond I grew up with.

  • Live and Let Die is up there in my best of bond movies. so he gets lots of creds for that. i also loved his accent. i think he understood the comical element to the Bond franchise as well as any of them. i also enjoyed his interaction with Grace Jones in that horrible last movie he made with Walken. he looked so tired and old, but played it up anyway.

    RIP, Roger. Moonwalker was stupid as hell, but helped make me a space fan right there along with the real NASA launches. you did not suck.

  • Dejerrity Mycron

    When I was a kid in the 70’s I wanted to Roger him so bad. RIP 007.

  • JT
    • kareemachan

      YES. I loved him in earlier TV series like this and The Persuaders. He and Tony Curtis made a GREAT team.

      ETA: Now that I think about it, this is probably why I love ‘Leverage’ so much – same kind of feel to it….

    • William

      I wanted to run away with Roger before I was old enough to know what gay was.

  • Texndoc

    “Live and Let Die” was probably the first Bond movie I went to as a kid without parental supervision and living in the New Orleans bayou area where they had filmed, it was of course seen repeatedly. He was certainly the “smoothest” Bond and as I saw someone quip, the biggest cup size.
    http://68.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lcetc9Rmkb1qbcsb2.jpg

    • Zollergasse

      Well he was no Daniel Craig in the body department – but he was still my favourite Bond. SO charming… and pretty.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Looks to me like he was a 42 D as he sucked in his gut to get his tits up.

      • JCF

        ouch

  • Blake J Butler

    I JUST watched A View To A Kill yesterday.

    • Ningsisa

      Universally thought to be one of the worst. Then again, I think people don’t appreciate the camp value. I mean GRACE JONES is in it. Was it supposed to be taken seriously?

      • Blake J Butler

        it was very over the top, i liked the Moore versions than Connery’s versions, something him just threw me off and i really didn’t like those movies a whole lot with a few exceptions, and Brosnan’s movies were just fillers to waste time for me.

        I still have yet to get around to the newer releases, i saw Casino Royale, and Quantum Solace a few years ago but i forgot the plot, and i didn’t see SPECTRE or Skyfall.

        • jimbo65

          Skyfall is very good. Javier Bardem was a great villain.

  • Cuberly

    The Spy Who Loved Me was the first Bond movie I saw in the theater, it’s still my favorite of the Moore Bonds. Epic and sort of goofy…and Moore, woof!

    RIP.

    • Mike in NC

      Same here. After seeing it, I wanted a Lotus Esprit until I found out it didn’t actually turn into a submarine!

      • Edmund Allin

        Me too. πŸ™‚ We’ll have to settle for Taron Egerton’s taxi cab in Kingsman 2. πŸ™‚

  • boatboy_srq

    NOOOO!

    Farewell to a Saint, a double-0, and a true character.

  • saucetin

    Fuck cancer. And whatever’s eating at the Bond industry (sad coincidence, in Chris Cornell’s death: he sang the theme song for Casino Royale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1AMUmkj-ck)

  • Marti386

    One of Roger’s best movies was Ffolkes, a great little hostage movie with Anthony Perkins putting in a great performance as the villain. Good stuff.

  • Boreal

    I remember going to see ‘Live and Let Die’ as an 8 year old and thinking it would be great if I could feed my brother to the Alligators.

    • Karl Dubhe

      I thought the same thing, but about my sister.

      Pity…

  • JoeMyGod

    “Nobody Does It Better” lost the Oscar for Best Song to “You Light Up My Life.”

    Still kinda pissed about that.

    • JoeMyGod

      The movie version of “You Light Up My Life” was sung by Kvitka Cisyk, not Debby Boone….

      • ETownCanuck

        Imagine how pissed Kvitka Cisyk is, that Debby Boone’s version was the one that got all the play.

      • jmax

        From Wikipedia:
        Although it was written by Brooks as a love song, the devout Boone interpreted it as inspirational and proclaimed that it was instead God who “lit up her life.”
        .

        • Paula

          🀒🀒🀒🀒🀒🀒😈😈

      • William

        I didn’t know the movie came before the Debbie Boone song.

  • GayOldLady

    I think Moore’s James Bond movies were the hokiest followed by Pierce Bronson’s. Daniel Craig is the best Bond in my opinion and I have been a Bond fan for decades and have collected every Bond movie. I know a lot of women hate the sexism in the Bond movies, but I see the roles that women play in Bond movies as dual, there’s always a heroine to offset the villain. And without a doubt the importance of the female characters in the Bond movies have evolved significantly, especially with Craig. Without the female roles Bond movies wouldn’t work.

    • Lars Littlefield

      I’m right there with you, sister.

      My first reaction to this news was, “Why did he have to die so young?” Moore was supposedly an actor in the tradition of David Niven; the dapper international gentleman, a connoisseur in all things. With the possible exception of the Dos Equis guy, everyone comes up short trying to fill Niven’s shoes, especially Moore. He had a good run. Let him rest in peace, I guess.

    • Pat

      Craig is my favorite, too, and I get no end of grief for it but he’s got that special something. Craig and Dame Judi were magic.

  • Hue-Man

    I hope The Saint had a “good death”; he might not even have to check his halo! By chance, I was reading The Economist this morning: A better way to care for the dying. It includes gems like this:

    An eighth of Americans with terminal cancer receive chemotherapy in their final fortnight, despite it offering no benefit at such a late stage. Nearly a third of elderly Americans undergo surgery during their final year; 8% do so in their last week.

    http://www.economist.com/news/international/21721375-how-medical-profession-starting-move-beyond-fighting-death-easing-it-better

    It’s a reminder that the Medical Industrial Complex in every country is driven by the profit motive. This is the last chance for surgeons, doctors, and hospitals to make money off you (and your relatives who may have to pay the bills). What you may or may not have wanted is nearly irrelevant. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0ddc115d4892e2ac74628f3c6d03be0dc2621203964ddd7ad07b667ede661819.png

    • Natty Enquirer

      If you are a competent adult, it’s still your responsibility to accept treatment or refuse it.

    • Karl Dubhe

      My mum went thru brain surgery at 90, she lived another 4 years she wouldn’t have if she hadn’t had her surgery.

      While I can see refusing treatments that aren’t going to help, I think some chances must be taken. Hope shouldn’t be cast aside, even if it’s a faint one.

  • Ernest Endevor

    I was in one of his Bonds. Repulsive producers and mind-numbingly boring to shoot. Quite a small man. I was surprised. Couldn’t act for toffee but he’d have been the first to agree. But very good on animal rights.

  • grada3784

    RIP, Saint.

  • Snarky

    Roger Moore was Bond when I was growing up, and my dad always took me to Bond films when they came out. So I have a good association with his movies, even though they are the worst of the lot.

  • Randy503

    ah ,I remember having fantasies about him when I was about 12. Good looking man!

  • pablo

    A lot of Bond fans shit on Moore’s movies, but For Your Eyes Only is my second favorite Bond film after Goldfinger.

    • paganguy

      Live and Let Die is one of my favorites. Hard to pick a favorite, though Diamonds Are Forever is up there.

  • Karl Dubhe

    RIP

  • Mihangel apYrs

    I remember fancying him in “Ivanhoe” (c 1959) – one of the first signs I was gay

  • JCF

    I know purists will object, but Moore was my favorite Bond, and “For Your Eyes Only” was my favorite Bond movie. The wit! The double-entendres (starting w/ M’s order “Bond, you must withdraw!” as he is busy, well, y’know πŸ˜‰ )! The HYSTERICAL ending—and then my favorite Bond song. Just an extremely FUN time at the movies. RIP, Sir Roger. <3

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4wygf35xaY

    • JCF

      Personal note. 1981: I was 19 (home from my freshman year of college, when I saw this). I had not quite figured out that I didn’t want to do Bond, I wanted to be him—but I was so, so close… (Carole Bouquet’s green, green eyes here: *THUD*)

  • Chris Gardner

    He was James Bond for me growing up in the 70s and 80s. Sure, his movies were kind of campy but they were always fun to see at the movies! The Daniel Craig movies always seem so serious and depressing… kind of like the Superman movies of the 70s versus today.

  • 1Myles1

    Alas the only real Saint is gone.

  • bmoore4026

    Despite his conservative politics, I will admit he was hot as fuck as Beau Maverick,