Roger Moore dead at 89, family confirms TweetFacebookMoore’s big breakthrough as an actor came in 1962, when he won the title role in the television seriesThe Saint. In this role, he honed his image of the urbane Englishman with a stream of damsels to rescue from distress.
In 1973 came the coveted part of James Bond, writer Ian Fleming’s action man spy 007, who held cinemagoers across the world in thrall. The Bond films were said to have earned Moore £14 million ($24 million).
Roger Moore as James Bond in For Your Eyes Only.
He moved to the United States to become a tax exile.
“I don’t see why a chap shouldn’t do what he likes and live where he wants on his money, and the British government, which allows talent to go abroad because of taxation, has only itself to blame,” he said in an interview in 1989.
After handing over the role of Bond to Timothy Dalton, Moore went into semi-retirement, living a millionaire’s life and travelling between his homes in Los Angeles, Switzerland and the south of France.
One of his Swiss neighbours, the actress and humanitarian Audrey Hepburn, got him involved with UNICEF, the United Nations agency focused on children’s health and safety.
In 1991, Moore became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and he helped raise more than $US90 million for a worldwide campaign to eliminate iodine deficiency.
For his charitable work, Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.
Speaking of his UN engagement, he once told the LondonDaily Telegraphthat it was “about the only thing I’ve ever done that’s of any use, really.”
Moore is survived by his fourth wife, Scandinavian socialite Kristina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup, whom he married in 2002.
Sydney Morning Herald