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Longest serving James Bond legend Roger Moore, dies aged 89

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Roger Moore, the legendary star of seven James Bond films, has died in Switzerland at the age of 89.

The British actor died on Tuesday after a short battle with cancer, according to a family statement, which was shared on Sir Roger’s official Twitter account.

“We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF, which he considered to be his greatest achievement,” the statement said.

The actor, who started his famous role in 1973 after Sean Connery, had already enjoyed a long career in films and television.

He appeared in popular US 1950s-60s TV series Maverick as Beauregarde Maverick, the English cousin of the Wild West’s Maverick brothers, Bret and Bart. He also starred in the US series The Alaskans. In England, he also had a long-running TV hit with The Saint.

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For Your Eyes Only, which has been named one of the most successful Bond films to date was filmed in Greece over about four months on location in Corfu and Meteora.

“We started off in Corfu before moving to the mainland to locations including Kalabaka, in the Thessaly region, where there are monasteries situated on pinnacles. I remember having to do the mountaineering shots wearing those terrible shoes and being absolutely petrified of heights,” Moore had told the press.

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“I had to drop a few feet down the mountain in Greece to get the close-ups of the fall, and that is not something I ever want to retry. I still had to get up the sides of those blasted cliffs. The night before I did that scene I got hold of some Valium tablets and a bottle of beer. Dutch courage was the only way I was going to get up there,” Moore said.

Longest serving James Bond legend Roger Moore, dies aged 89 9Moore also starred with Telly Savalas in a 1970 British war film Escape to Athena in 1979, directed by  George P. Cosmatos The film is set during the Second World War on a German-occupied Greek island.

In 1991, Moore became a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, having been introduced to the role by the late actress Audrey Hepburn.

In 1996, when his UNICEF job took him to the World Congress Against Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children, he disclosed that he too had been a victim.

He received the Dag Hammarskjold Inspiration Award for his work with UNICEF and was named a commander in France’s National Order of Arts and Letters in 2008, an award he said was worth “more than an Oscar”.