James Bond Actor Roger Moore Dies at 89

According to his children, he died “after a short but brave battle with cancer.”

Roger Moore, the English actor who played James Bond, died in Switzerland on Tuesday at the age of 89.


Roger Moore, best known for his role in the James Bond film series, The Persuaders and The Saint, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 89. According to his children, he died “after a short but brave battle with cancer.”

Moore’s Acting Career

Moore’s first break was when he was cast in Ivanhoe, which was then followed by Maverick, The Persuaders and The Saint- two of his biggest hits.

When he was cast as James Bond, he said: “Being eternally known as Bond has no downside. People often call me ‘Mr Bond’ when we’re out and I don’t mind a bit. Why would I?”

In 2014, he also said: “During my early acting years I was told that to succeed you needed personality, talent and luck in equal measure. I contest that. For me it’s been 99% luck. It’s no good being talented and not being in the right place at the right time.”

Humanitarian Work

Moore was best known as an actor, but he was also a devout humanitarian. In 1991, he became a goodwill ambassador at Unicef. He reportedly decided to become a Unicef ambassador because of his friend, Audrey Hepburn, who used to worked there as well.  1999, he received a CBE and then a knighthood in 2003- all for his humanitarian work.

“The knighthood for my humanitarian work meant more than if it had been for my acting,” he told the Guardian. “I’m sure some people would say, “What does an actor know about world issues?” But [working for Unicef] I’ve become an expert on things from the causes of dwarfism to the benefits of breastfeeding. I feel very privileged.”