The spy who we loved


Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by KATY CLIFTON katy.clifton@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @Katy_Clifton1


Roger Moore, the long­est-serv­ing James Bond ac­tor who once lived in Buck­ing­hamshire, has died aged 89.

The film star played the fa­mous spy in seven dif­fer­ent Bond films in­clud­ing Live and Let Die and the Spy Who Loved Me.

His chil­dren said in a state­ment: “It is with a heavy heart that we must an­nounce that our lov­ing fa­ther, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzer­land af­ter a short but brave bat­tle with can­cer.

“The love with which he was sur­rounded in his fi­nal days was so great it can­not be quan­ti­fied in words alone.

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

Sir Roger, who played the no­to­ri­ous MI6 agent from 1973 to 1985, set­tled in Buck­ing­hamshire dur­ing some of the film­ing.

Dur­ing three of the Bond block­busters, he lived in a £5mil­lion Den­ham man­sion and said it was a “per­fect home for a grow­ing fam­ily”.

Pinewood Stu­dios, home to all the Bond movies, paid a touch­ing trib­ute to the star af­ter his death.

A spokesman said: “With great sad­ness Pinewood learns of the pass­ing of Sir Roger Moore.

“A force of na­ture, his hu­mour and spirit will be missed by all of us.”

His ties to the county stretched way back to be­fore the Bond fran­chise, as in the Sec­ond World War the young star was evac­u­ated to Amer­sham.

Dur­ing the Blitz in London, young Roger be­came a pupil of Dr Chal­loner’s Gram­mar School in Che­sham to es­cape the dan­ger in the cap­i­tal.

In his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, My Name is Bond, Sir Roger de­scribed his time in Amer­sham, where he moved with his mother.

The ac­tor said he missed tak­ing his dog for walks in the scenic spots in Che­sham Bois af­ter he moved out of the area.

Later on in his ca­reer, Moore was awarded a CBE in 1999 and a knight­hood in 2003, for his char­ity work. His chil­dren added: “The af­fec­tion our fa­ther felt when­ever he walked on to a stage or in front of a cam­era buoyed him hugely and kept him busy work­ing into his 90th year, through to his last ap­pear­ance in Novem­ber 2016 on stage at London’s Royal Fes­ti­val Hall.

“The ca­pac­ity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shak­ing the very foun­da­tions of the build­ing just a short dis­tance from where he was born.

“Thank you Pops for be­ing you, and for be­ing so very spe­cial to so many peo­ple.”

Roger Moore on set of the James Bond movie A View to a Kill. Be­low right, at the re-open­ing of the 007 Stage at Pinewood and left, re­ceiv­ing his knight­hood at Buck­ing­ham Palace

Right, Tony Cur­tis and Roger Moore ham it up on the set of the Per­suaders at Pinewood Film Stu­dios. Above, the £5mil­lion Den­ham man­sion where Sir Roger lived dur­ing some of the Bond film­ing

Roger Moore and Jane Sey­mour on the set of ‘Live and let die’ at Pinewood

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