Hollywood Remembers Roger Moore

The actor, who played 007 in seven films, died after a short battle with cancer.

A number of Hollywood stars were quick to mourn Roger Moore on social media, taking to Twitter to remember the James Bond star who died Tuesday after a battle with cancer. He was 89.

Moore's children announced the actor's death in a statement posted to his official Twitter account. It read in part, "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."

Moore played James Bond in seven films: 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), leaving the franchise after that film.

Before Bond, Moore played a suave leading man on the television series Maverick, The Saint and The Persuaders.

Sean Connery, who originated the role of 007, remembered Moore fondly.

"I was very sad to hear of Roger’s passing. We had an unusually long relationship by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter, I will miss him," he said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Russell Crowe, Edgar Wright, Mia Farrow and Piers Morgan were among those mourning the Londoner on Twitter. Crowe recalled, "At 10 I used to try to dress like Simon Templar. My mother worked part time at the Indonesian embassy. Added intrigue to my persona."

Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli released the following statement: "We are heartbroken at the news of Sir Roger Moore’s passing. On the screen, he reinvented the role of James Bond with tremendous skill, charisma and humor. In real life, he was a genuine hero working as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for many years dedicating his life to alleviating the suffering of children all over the world. He was a loyal and beloved friend and his legacy shall live on through his films and the millions of lives he touched. We shall miss him enormously. Our love and thoughts are with Deborah, Geoffrey, Christian his grandchildren and his wife Kristina."

Duran Duran, who contributed the title track to the View to a Kill soundtrack, also took to Twitter to remember Moore.

Jane Seymour, who co-starred with Moore in Live and Let Die, released the following statement: "I am devastated to learn of Roger Moore’s passing. The first leading role I ever had as a Bond girl was such a new and frightening world and Roger held my hand and guided me through every process. He taught me about work ethic and humility. He was so funny, kind and thoughtful to everyone around him and in that Roger taught me what a movie star really was and should be. Through his lifelong work with UNICEF he showed me the true meaning of being a humanitarian and giving back. He was my Bond."

See what other Hollywood stars are saying about Moore.

 

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