On Tuesday, the world mourns the death of the British actor best known for playing James Bond, Roger Moore.
Moore’s family announced his tragic passing on Twitter. He died at age 89 after a long battle with cancer.
The veteran actor portrayed the dapper spy in seven Bond movies, beginning in 1973 with Live and Let Die
and wrapping up in 1985 with A View to A Kill
Moore was the longest-serving 007 agent after replacing Sean Connery in the franchise.
He was also well-known for taking the character in a very different and more humorous direction compared to the one created by author Ian Fleming.
Of course, Bond wasn’t the only word in Moore’s report card. He also played a number of roles in both film and television, including The Cannonball Run
, Sherlock Holmes in New York
and The Saint
Besides acting, Moore was passionate about his humanitarian work as well after being introduced to UNICEF by the late Audrey Hepburn and appointed as a goodwill ambassador in 1991.
He is survived by his wife Kristina Tholstrup, sons Geoffrey and Christian, daughter Deborah, and grandchildren.
For those of us born decades after James Bond was introduced to the world, we’ve been spoiled for choice in terms of Bond actors and movies. It’s easy to forget the footprints left by Roger Moore.
So let’s look back at some of the best moments the late actor bedazzled us with his charm as Bond, James Bond:
1) This insane corkscrew stunt from The Man With The Golden Gun
Back before Fast And Furious
stole the show with insane, totally unreal car stunts, Roger Moore (or his stuntman) pulled off this crazy corkscrew car stunt.
2) Facing off against crocodiles in Live And Let Die
To be honest, we think only Roger Moore has the cojones
big enough to face off against a bunch of hungry crocodiles.
3) Skiing off a cliff in The Spy Who Loved Me
Getting chased by a group of thugs while careening off a cliff? No problem; just fly off the cliff and glide your way to safety. Well played, Mr. Moore!
4) Crashing a wedding like a boss in A View To Kill
We're pretty sure the happy couple didn't mind Mr. Moore gate crashing their wedding party, in style no less.
5) Introducing us to the submarine car in The Spy Who Loved Me
"Can you swim," Bond asks Anya Amasova as his Lotus turns into a friggin' submarine! You win, Mr. Moore.