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.
RIP Sir Roger Moore. The car that turned into a sub in The Spy Who Loved Me blew my mind as a kid.— James Wan (@creepypuppet) May 23, 2017
RIP Sir Roger Moore. My first Bond and one of the first actors that I loved as a kid. And a lovely, funny, warm person to boot. Farewell.— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 23, 2017
Oh no.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 23, 2017
As if today wasn't already sad enough.
RIP Sir Roger Moore, 89.
A wonderful actor & lovely man. pic.twitter.com/MHi2A6jvTQ
Few are as kind & giving as was Roger Moore. Loving thoughts w his family & friends. He will be missed too by UNICEF pic.twitter.com/fYAEUqAaaw— Mia Farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 23, 2017
Farewell dearest Roger. All our love, Andrew and Madeleine— Andrew Lloyd Webber (@OfficialALW) May 23, 2017
Roger Moore , loved him— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 23, 2017
At 10 I used to try to dress like Simon Templar .— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 23, 2017
My mother worked part time at the Indonesian embassy.
Added intrigue to my persona .
I am devastated today at loosing one of my oldest and closest friends ROGER MOORE, my world will never be the same again.— Michael Caine (@themichaelcaine) May 23, 2017
He was the first Bond I ever knew and still the best in my book. RIP Sir Roger Moore. pic.twitter.com/zpplI0uGci— Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest) May 23, 2017
Roger Moore. Rest with the angels. https://t.co/672NRg2pKB— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 23, 2017
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
RIP Roger Moore. pic.twitter.com/vOtexpvV2e— The Black List (@theblcklst) May 23, 2017
007. RIP. Thank you Roger Moore.— Ed Westwick (@EdWestwick) May 23, 2017
We are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of Sir Roger Moore. The thoughts of Aston Martin are with his family.— Aston Martin (@astonmartin) May 23, 2017
Currently shooting here.— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) May 23, 2017
RIP Roger Moore pic.twitter.com/NhJ6SjtoEr
As a kid I loved Cannonball Run. Roger Moore poking fun at his own persona was hilarious: https://t.co/JcoWVgsiyu— Michael H. Weber (@thisisweber) May 23, 2017