Another week, another silver screen legend is laid to rest. This morning we received confirmation that Sir Roger Moore, the iconic actor best known for his work as James Bond in the long-running franchise has passed away at the age of 89. According to his family, Moore fought a short, but brave fight with cancer before losing his life.
News of Moore’s passing was confirmed by his three children early Tuesday morning, May 23. In a letter to the world at large, his family wrote “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.”
You can read their full message via the embedded tweet below:
With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. pic.twitter.com/6dhiA6dnVg
— Sir Roger Moore (@sirrogermoore) May 23, 2017
Moore will perhaps best be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the 007 franchise, but IMDB credits him with 96 roles over his 72 years in entertainment. Moore was a chameleon capable of slipping into any role that caught his eye, and his talents in front of the camera will no doubt be cherished for many generations to come.
Rest easy, Roger. We will miss you.