Roger Moore of James Bond fame passes away at 89 – RIP

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The most popular James Bond actor Roger Moore has left for his heavenly abode

Roger Moore, who essayed the role of the literary character James Bond in the long running fictional series of the same name, has peacefully died on May 23, 2017. Last seen in A Princess for Christmas, Moore died of an unspecified cancer, as told by his family.

Roger entered the entertainment industry in 1950 as a model in print advertising for knit wear and was famously know as ‘The Big Knit’. Later he made his first TV appearance with a minor role in The Governess. Soon after he started starring in a lot of other television series and was then considered for the role of James Bond. After taking over the role of the movie’s lead from Sean Connery, Moore starred in the movie for 7 long years. Isn’t it hard to imagine him in a role other than being Bond? He entertained his viewers thoroughly and according to the people who have worked with him he was truly a grounded man.

Roger has won various acting and lifetime achievement awards –

2008: Commander of the French National Order of Arts and Letters (Ordre national des Arts et des Lettres)

2007: Hollywood Walk of Fame

2004: TELEKAMERA (“Tele Tydzień” Lifetime Achievement Award, Poland)

2002: Monte Carlo TV Festival (Lifetime Achievement Award)

2001: Lifetime achievement award (Filmfestival, Jamaica)

1997: Palm Springs film festival, USA, Lifetime Achievement Award

1995: TELE GATTO (Italian TV; Lifetime Achievement Award)

1991: GOLDEN CAMERA (German TV; lifetime achievement award)1990: BAMBI (Lifetime Achievement Award from the German magazine BUNTE)

1981: OTTO (Most popular Film Star; from German Magazine BRAVO)

1980: SATURN Award (Most Popular International Performer)

1980: GOLDEN GLOBE: World Film Favorite-Male

1973: BAMBI (shared with Tony Curtis for “The Persuaders”, from the German magazine

BUNTE)

1973: BEST ACTOR IN TV, award from the French magazine TELE-7-JOURS, shared with Tony Curtis for “The Persuaders”

1967: ONDAS-AWARD (Spanish TV for “The Saint”)

1967: OTTO (Most popular TV-star for “The Saint”; from German magazine BRAVO)

Apart from acting Roger was also the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Here is the list of awards he won for his charitable work –

2007 – Dag Hammarskjöld Inspiration Award (UNICEF)

2004 – UNICEF’s Audrey Hepburn Humanitarian Award

2003 – German Federal Cross of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) for his UNICEF work

2003 – Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire

1999 – Commander of the Order of the British Empire