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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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