11:30am PT by Graeme McMillan
Roger Moore Honored by 'Bond' Producers, Fellow Secret Agents
Those connected with the James Bond franchise have been responding to the death of Roger Moore, who died Tuesday morning after a brief battle with cancer.
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.
Bond movie producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli issued a joint statement, in which they shared that they "are heartbroken at the news of Sir Roger Moore’s passing," and added, "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."
George Lazenby, who preceded Moore as the consummate British secret agent, wrote in a statement, "I liked Roger, he was a genuine fellow, a really good guy." On Facebook, Moore's successor as Bond, Pierce Brosnan, shared an open letter to the actor: "It is indeed with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your passing this morning. You were a big part of my life, from The Saint to James Bond … you were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humor for years to come. My sincerest condolences to your family and children. RIP."
Jane Seymour, who played Solitaire in 1973's Live and Let Die, said she was "devastated" to learn of 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," said Seymour. "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."
Meanwhile, Tanya Roberts (who played Stacey Sutton in 1985's A View to Kill) said Moore had quite a few things in common with Bond: "The incredible thing about Roger is that he was so much like the character he played. He had a very wry sense of humor and sophistication, he had that great hair and beautiful British accent. It was just who he was. He was so different from Sean Connery, yet his one-liners and ad-libs that he put in worked so well. He came across as a Bond with a sophisticated wit."
Elsewhere on social media, the official James Bond account posted a tribute on Twitter:
We are heartbroken at the news of Sir Roger Moore’s passing. We shall miss him enormously. Our love and thoughts are with his family. pic.twitter.com/Kl7lhg2TzJ— James Bond (@007) May 23, 2017
Similarly, Moore's passing was noted by the Ian Fleming estate:
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Sir Roger Moore, who brought joy to so many with his portrayal of Bond & his sterling UNICEF work— Ian Fleming (@TheIanFleming) May 23, 2017
Pinewood Studios, the legendary home to the Bond movies since 1962's Dr. No, issued a statement about Moore's death: "It is with great sadness that Pinewood learns of the passing of Sir Roger Moore, KBE. He has kept an office at the studios since 1970 and he is officially one of our longest standing residents. He joked only recently that he did still 'make a point of coming in whenever I can to do a little light dusting and hoovering.' Sir Roger was a force of nature and his humor and amazing spirit will be missed by all of us.”