Sir Roger Moore 1927-2017

The iconic, good-natured actor has died.

Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89.

After a somewhat rocky start as 007 (his first two films were not particularly well-received upon release), he successfully reinvigorated the James Bond series with 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me, and his 12-year-stretch in the role is, to date, unmatched.

In an era when successfully recasting an iconic role was not a foregone conclusion, Moore’s assumption and transformation of the character was indeed an accomplishment, and his mischievous, easygoing manner helped cement the “unflappable playboy” trademark of the cinematic Bond for an entire generation.

Moore was the oldest actor to play the role in Eon Productions’ film series, and with his passing he becomes the first 007 from the franchise to die.

Unlike his predecessor (and maybe even his successors), Moore seemed to enjoy his association with the role over the years, and wrote several books on his time as Bond. Before taking over the role, Moore was a popular television presence in shows like The Saint, Maverick, and The Persuaders, and outside the 007 series he entertained in films such as ffolkes, The Wild Geese and the Italian crime thriller Street People.

He was also an outspoken Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, an active Twitter presence, and seemingly in possession of a great sense of humor* to the end of his life.

Below is his family’s statement. BMD sends them our sincerest condolences at this time.

*In that spirit, and in honor of a man who never took himself too seriously, we suggest remembering Sir Roger today by revisiting his own 1973 account of making Live and Let Die, recently discovered here.