THE SPY WE LOVED!
When Sir Roger Moore was a kid, his policeman father described him as “a sack of s*** tied up round the middle with ugly”, but the chubby teen blossomed into the epitome of suave sophistication, starring as debonair spy James Bond seven times.
The square-jawed Hollywood legend – who died of cancer at 89 last week – captured the hearts of swooning female fans, marrying four times. He’s survived by his “soulmate” and fourth wife, Swedish socialite Kristina Tholstrup, and children Geoffrey, Christian and Deborah, all from his third marriage to Italian actress Luisa Mattioli.
Roger got his acting break in the ’50s TV series Ivanhoe, but it was when he succeeded Sean Connery as Bond in 1973’s Live and Let Die that he became a household name.
He once said his only talent was for “walking in front of cameras” and joked he had just three expressions – “Left eyebrow up, right eyebrow up and both eyebrows up at the same time.”
It appeared to be a winning formula. After 12 years as 007, Roger didn’t need to work again, instead splitting his time between the South of France and Switzerland.
The name was Bond ... but Roger never watched his films, insisting Sean and Daniel Craig outshone him.
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