I’m afraid that yet another iconic Hollywood superstar bites the dust.

Roger Moore past away today at the age of 89, in his adopted country of Switzerland.

He was probably best remembered as playing heroic good guys such as TV’s Ivanhoe 1958-1959, Private investigator The Saint 1962-1969 and of course the suave James Bond.

Moore had a lot to live up to, stepping into the Bond shoes formerly owned by Sean Connery who was author, Ian Flemming’s ideal choice.

As James Bond
Moore chose to go with a comedy, tongue in cheek approach which didn’t please everybody but I think there were many fans who loved this version. In fact Moore holds the record of making the most Bond films with seven movies under his belt:

These include 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) and A View to a Kill (1985).

In the 70s Moore co-starred with popular American heartthrob Tony Curtis in the TV crime comedy drama The Persuaders 1971-1972. They played crime investigators who were like chalk and cheese. Moore was English playboy Lord Brett Sinclair to Curtis’s New York Bronx born Danny Wilde. Although the producers put a great deal of money into the programme, they didn’t have much success in the US but it was very popular in European countries.

However, the Brett Sinclair character with his one liners, charm and charisma was a good audition for James Bond.

Moore continued to have a successful parallel acting job with the Bond franchise, producing a line of action films such as Gold 1974, Shout at the Devil 1976 (with Lee Marvin), The Wild Geese 1978 (with a British cast of who’s who in the acting industry), North Sea Hijack 1980, The Sea Wolves 1980 (with Gregory Peck) and The Cannonball Run 1981 (Comedy with Burt Reynolds, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. Farrah Fawcett, Jackie Chan and many more).

The Wild Geese

In 2003 Roger Moore became Sir Roger Moore which was bestowed upon him for his acting career but more so for his humanitarian work with Unicef after being appointed the post in 1991 as good will ambassador.

He was truly one of a kind and never took himself seriously.

Farewell Roger.