Iconic "Bond" actor Sir Roger Moore dead at 89

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The English actor - best known for portraying James Bond in seven James Bond films - sadly died at age 89 on Tuesday, May 23 after battling cancer.

The family says Moore died surrounded by family in Switzerland after a short battle with cancer.

The statement, written by his children, said: "Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people". Sir Roger Moore helped build the James Bond brand into what is known as today with his 7 movies, Moore's Bond movies helped the James Bond series gross over $7 billion dollars.

Moore began his acting career state-side in 1954, staring alongside Elizabeth Taylor in The Last Time I Saw Paris. In addition to reviving the franchise at the B.O. after waning prospects at the end of Connery's run, the new James Bond relied on more humor in stories that cranked up the camp.

Moore was born in London, England.

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Connery, who was the first James Bond and played the spy in seven films, said the pair had an "unusually long" and happy friendship.

Roger Moore, the third James Bond, came to India twice that included a trip in 1982 for the shooting of "Octopussy".

Jane Seymour, who starred with Sir Roger in 1973's Live And Let Die, said he taught her "about work ethic and humility", adding that he was "funny, kind and thoughtful to everyone around him".

The oldest actor to have played Bond, quitting when he was 58, Moore said: "I realised that jumping around with bullets and bombs in my middle-fifties was really daft". He also appeared in episodes of Ivanhoe, The Alaskans, Maverick, and The Persuaders!

An active philanthropist, he became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador in 1991. He was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1999 and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 2003. In recent years he toured with a popular one-man show, "An Evening With Roger Moore". He now leaves behind three children, but also Kristina Tholstrup, whom he married in 2002.

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