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Sir Roger at Pinewood Studios in 1985

Sir Roger at Pinewood Studios in 1985

Sir Roger Moore and Sir Sean Connery at a party to celebrate Moore's knighthood. 'My grandad had no idea who James Bond or Roger Moore were, so we walked over and he popped me in front of Roger Moore, with the words 'My grandson says you're famous.

Sporting a posh accent and square jaw, Moore, who died Tuesday at age 89, looked the part of a movie star and a debonair worldwide spy. He had indeed embodied the role of the secret agent from 1972 to 1985 and had marked a whole generation. "I mean, this man is supposed to be a spy and yet, everybody knows he's a spy". "That's just hysterically amusing". Moore didn't so much inhabit the character as look upon him with disbelief. "I said, 'Oh how wonderful, '" Moore recalled in an interview.

"I was molested when I was a child — not seriously — but I didn't tell my mother until I was 16, because I felt that it was something to be ashamed of", he told The Associated Press.

Stardom did not come immediately, however.

The 87-year-old veteran actor had starred in around seven James Bond movies and had become a familiar face of the franchise. Taking on the 007 mantle from George Lazenby, who did one movie after Sean Connery, Moore starred in Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill. But there is one person in the world who perhaps has the greatest memory of Roger Moore in action.

The actor, who came to the role in 1973 after Connery exhausted of it, had already enjoyed a long career in films and television, albeit with mixed success. "But his exaggerated composure amounts to a kind of backhanded liveliness". Clearly Moore's sense of humour will never be forgotten. Most of Templar's wardrobe was Moore's own.

"In "The Saint" I did raise my eyebrow", Moore would say.

Later in his career, he did lots of voice work and roles that sent up his Bond-like identity onscreen and off.

He said of the star: "He was completely lovely and while the cameramen were setting up, I told him in passing the story of when I met him in Nice Airport". There might have been some truth there.

And while the Bond of the Ian Fleming novels that the films were based on was generally described as being in his 30s, Moore would stay with the role until he was 57. After his stint as James Bond, Moore became a United Nations Children's Fund good-will ambassador thanks to his friendship with Audrey Hepbrun, visiting countries like Ghana, Honduras, the Philippines, and more, as he advocated for some of the world's most vulnerable children. Even recently, when asked what audiences can expect from his well-reviewed one-man stage show, Moore hesitated only to laugh.

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