James Bond actor Roger Moore dies at 89 battling cancer

Legendary actor actor Roger Moore, who playing the role of fictional spy James Bond between 1972–1985, died on Tuesday in Switzerland. He was 89 and was suffering from cancer. His family announced the sad news in a statement.

Sir Roger Moore was married three times and is survived by his third wife Kristina Tholstrup and his three children - daughter Deborah and sons Geoffrey Robert and Christian.

Sir Roger Moore was the fourth actor to play James Bond, after Sean Connery, David Niven and George Lazenby. He played the secret agent 007 in seven films, including ‘Octopussy’ which was set in India and also starred Kabir Bedi. ‘A View to a Kill’ was his last work. He is the longest serving Bond actor till date.

The iconic actor’s children, issued a statement through the actor’s official Twitter account. “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated,” read the tweet accompanying the statement.

The full content of the statement reads, “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 that 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 of 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 the last appearance in November 2016 on the 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 special for 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 private funeral in Monaco."

Before being cast as James Bond, Sir Roger Moore had also played Simon Templar in a TV adaptation of The Saint that ran for six seasons.