Roger Moore, the classic James Bond, passed away at 89

Roger George Moore passed away at the age of 89. He was the longest serving James Bond on the big screen. His family announced on Twitter that Moore lost his battle to cancer.

On May, 23, 2017, Moore's family tweeted that roger has passed away after his short battle with cancer. Moore have had health issues before, including his struggle with Prostate cancer and Type-2 diabetes. Which caused him to quit cigars and alcohol. He undergone surgery for the removal of prostate gland and recovered successfully. 

Roger Moore replaced the famous Sean Connery from the James bond franchise and took the legacy ahead for the next 13 years. He played James Bond from 1972 to 1985 in Seven movies.  Moore is the longest serving Bond.

In recent years he suffered from skin cancer. He commented that he regrets spending so much time in the sun, which used to be a common trend back then.

"Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people", the family tweeted, "The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone."

The tweet came from Moore's official twitter account. They added in the tweet that Moore considered his work with UNICEF his greatest achievement.

Roger Moore, the dapper British actor who brought tongue-in-cheek humor to the James Bond persona in seven films, eclipsing his television career, which had included starring roles in at least five series, died on Tuesday in Switzerland. He was 89.

The death, attributed to cancer, was confirmed in a family statement on Twitter. His family did not say where in Switzerland he had died.

Mr. Moore was the oldest Bond ever hired for films in the official series — although David Niven was in his 50s when he played Bond in the spoof “Casino Royale” — taking on the role when he was 45. (Sean Connery, who originated the film character and with whom Mr. Moore was constantly compared, was 32 when the first Bond film, “Dr. No,” was released.) Mr. Moore also had the longest run in the role, beginning in 1973 with “Live and Let Die” and winding up in 1985 with “A View to a Kill.”

Moore was 18 and first married to Doorn Van Steyn, but he chose to separate due to domestic abuse on him. Then he got married to Dorothy Squires but their age difference came to be as a hindrance to their love. Moore left Squires for an Italian actress named Luisa Mattioli. They got divorced too. He had three children with Mattioli named Christian Moore, Geoffrey Robert Moore, Deborah Moore.

Roger married Kristina Tholstrup in 2002. This time Moore kept the vows till the end.

Moore started his career with big brands like MGM and Warner Bros. Moore appeared in many television series and movies. Moore said to The Guardian 2014, "For me it’s been 99% luck. It’s no good being talented and not being in the right place at the right time.”

With his charming debonair persona he appeared as an amazing James Bond in the franchise. For other James Bond actors he stated "I look like a comedic lover, and Sean in particular, and Daniel Craig now, they are killers. They look like killers".

Moore had a huge fan following & spent a lot of time of his life for humanitarian work. In 1991 he was appointed as the goodwill ambassador for UNICEF. He considered his participation in UNICEF as his achievement. Meanwhile, also collaborated with PETA for a project.

Moore was the only son of George Alfred Moore & Lillian Pope. In 2014, he published his autobiography 'One Lucky Bastard: Tales from Tinseltown'. The book covered stories of his life and his career of over 7 decades.

Moore didn't believed death to be the end. In NPR 2014 He stated:

"My attitude about death is, going into the next room, and it's a room that the rest of us can't get into because we don't have the key, but when we do get the key, we'll go in there and we'll see one another again, in some shape or form, or whatever."

His family announced that his private funeral will be held in Monaco. He will always be remembered as James Bond for the generation and will be immensely missed by all.