British iconic spy ‘James Bond’ actor dies at 89

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"James Bond" actor Sir Roger Moore

Roger Moore, the longest-serving movie star to play iconic British spy James Bond in the famed film series, has died in Switzerland after a brief bout with cancer. He was 89.

A message from his family shared on the actor’s official Twitter account Tuesday read: “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

The statement continued that 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.”

The actor was the third man to play Bond, taking on the role after the Sean Connery’s long run.

Moore stayed on for a total of seven films in the action franchise between 1973 and 1985.

His films as the character included “Live and Let Die” and “The Man with the Golden Gun.”

Moore is perhaps less known for 26 years of work as a Goodwill Ambassador with the charity UNICEF.

He became involved in the organization as a result of his long friendship with actress Audrey Hepburn, who spent the last years of her life working with UNICEF.

He was knighted on June 14, 2003, for his philanthropic work.

“Thank you Pops, for being you and for being so special to so many people,” his children’s statement said.

The family will have a private funeral in Monaco, in accordance to his wishes.

Source: AP