GENEVA, Switzerland — Sir Roger Moore, the suave Englishman that portrayed James Bond in seven feature films has died in Switzerland “after a short but brave battle with cancer”, announced his family.
Moore, 89, who played Agent 007 between 1973 and 1985, had lived in Gstaad for several years.
It is with heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland…
Just a year ago, Moore himself was grieving as his stepdaughter Christina Knudsen succumbed to cancer. The family said his body will be taken to Monaco for a private funeral.
Life in Switzerland
Acting legend Roger Moore is one of the select members of the exclusive “Eagle Club”, which could only be reached by a dilapidated lift on the Wasserngrat. When it was decided not to renew it, Moore and the other members of the club decided, without further ado, to finance it themselves.
Moore, reportedly, didn’t just enjoy the limelight in Gstaad, but its more subdued moments; he was even photographed milking a cow. “People here are more interested in my car than in me,” he said of living in a town where the famous blend in with the locals.
His daughter, Deborah, married in Gstaad in 1990, in a party that made headlines back in the UK. His son Geoffrey, a local businessman, is considered a stylish jet-setter who lives year round in the Alpine city, where he raises his family.
Moore also played Simon Templar in The Saint, a mystery spy thriller that made him a household name in Europe and Latin America (The Saint was only broadcast for one season in the US.)
In 1971, he portrayed Lord Brett Sinclair, in The Persuaders! together with Tony Curtis.
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The actor was also a very active Unicef ambassador, and in 2002 participated with Angelina Jolie, in the UN’s Goodwill Ambassadors and Messengers of Peace agenda-setting meeting.
Thank you for the movies, Mr Moore. Sir Roger Moore.