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Also Known As: Sir Roger George Moore, Roger George Moore Died: May 23, 2017
Born: October 14, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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XX ¿ and fan favorite henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel), "The Spy Who Loved Me" was a major critical and box office hit, which was apparent with the thrilling Austrian ski chase opening that ended with Bond escaping Soviet agents by jumping a cliff and opening a Union Jack parachute ¿ one of the most iconic moments of all the Bond movies. Moore followed up with the even more financially successful, but of-ridiculed "Moonraker" (1979), in which Bond tries to stop space-obsessed industrialist Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) from poisoning all humanity and repopulating Earth with genetically perfect young men and women from his orbiting space station. Full of campy one-liners and big budget effects, "Moonraker" earned a possibly unfair reputation as being one of the most over-the-top Bond films ever made.In an effort to return Bond to the more grounded espionage movies of the early Connery period, Moore starred in "For Your Eyes Only" (1981), a film that split both fans and critics alike. While it did temper some of the more outlandish aspects of "Moonraker" and previous Moore efforts, there was still an undercurrent of campiness that tended to undercut the grittier scenes, particularly with his rather odd...

XX ¿ and fan favorite henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel), "The Spy Who Loved Me" was a major critical and box office hit, which was apparent with the thrilling Austrian ski chase opening that ended with Bond escaping Soviet agents by jumping a cliff and opening a Union Jack parachute ¿ one of the most iconic moments of all the Bond movies. Moore followed up with the even more financially successful, but of-ridiculed "Moonraker" (1979), in which Bond tries to stop space-obsessed industrialist Hugo Drax (Michael Lonsdale) from poisoning all humanity and repopulating Earth with genetically perfect young men and women from his orbiting space station. Full of campy one-liners and big budget effects, "Moonraker" earned a possibly unfair reputation as being one of the most over-the-top Bond films ever made.

In an effort to return Bond to the more grounded espionage movies of the early Connery period, Moore starred in "For Your Eyes Only" (1981), a film that split both fans and critics alike. While it did temper some of the more outlandish aspects of "Moonraker" and previous Moore efforts, there was still an undercurrent of campiness that tended to undercut the grittier scenes, particularly with his rather odd daddy-daughter innuendo with second-tier Bond girl, Bibi Dahl (Lynn-Holly Johnson). Still, "For Your Eyes Only" featured great stunts ¿ including a thrilling ski chase down a bobsled track ¿ and one of the better Bond girls in Melina Havelock (Carole Bouquet). Also that year, Moore parodied his James Bond image in the comic road picture "The Cannonball Run" (1981) before making his sixth appearance as 007 in the underwhelming "Octopussy" (1983), which focused on Bond¿s attempts to stop a wealthy Afghan prince (Louis Jordan) from stealing a nuclear weapon. Co-starring Maude Adams as the titular Bond girl ¿ the actress also appeared as Christopher Lee¿s mistress in "The Man with the Golden Gun" ¿ the film was criticized for Moore wearing a clown outfit and swinging through the jungle on vines while yelling like Tarzan. "Octopussy" was released the same year as "Never Say Never Again" (1983), Sean Connery¿s non-Broccoli produced return to the role after a 12-year absence.

Twelve years after taking up the mantle from Sean Connery, Moore made his last film as 007 with "A View to a Kill" (1985), widely considered to be one of the worst Bond movies ever made. While Christopher Walken delivered a game performance as archvillain Max Zorin, whose evil intent focuses on destroying California¿s Silicon Valley, critics were quick to point out that Moore was long in the tooth and had aged quite significantly since "Octopussy." Despite the film¿s commercial success and the chart-topping theme song by Duran Duran, "A View to a Kill" suffered from Tanya Robert¿s vacuous Bond Girl, Stacey Sutton, while androgynous henchman May Day (Grace Jones) added little to the proceedings. Once he was finished playing Bond ¿ the role was taken over by Timothy Dalton ¿ Moore made fewer and fewer films as time wore on, appearing in rather forgettable pictures like "Fire, Ice and Dynamite" (1989), "Bed & Breakfast" (1992) and "The Man Who Wouldn¿t Die" (1995), while ignoring television altogether. In his twilight years, Moore was seen in supporting roles for "Spice World" (1997) and "Boat Trip" (2002), while voicing animated characters in "The Fly Who Loved Me" (2004) and "Here Comes Peter Cottontail: The Movie" (2005), before returning to live action for "A Princess for Christmas" (2011). The following year, Moore was back in the spotlight when fans and critics celebrated the 50th anniversary of James Bond in 2012.

By Shawn Dwyerproved fortuitous as he went on to play his most iconic TV role, Simon Templar, on the British series, "The Saint" (ITV, 1962-69). Based on Leslie Charteris¿ long-running novel series, "The Saint" featured Moore as the titular detective, a suave Robin Hood-like thief who targets corrupt politicians and other wealthy types.

In its early years, the show was shot in black-and-white and saw Moore routinely break the fourth wall by talking directly to the audience. About halfway through the series¿ run, however, "The Saint" famously switched to color with the actor delivering a more standard voiceover narration. Many felt that Moore¿s performance as Templar was a sort of training ground to play James Bond. In fact, he was offered the role a couple of times during his run on the show, but had to decline due to his contractual obligations. But there was a bit of foreshadowing concerning Moore¿s eventual takeover of the Bond role, from a gondola ride in Venice a la "Moonraker" with Lois Maxwell ¿ the actress most recognized as Miss Moneypenny ¿ to Templar pretending to actually be James Bond in an early 1963 episode. Meanwhile, the series was so popular in England that NBC picked it up for a U.S. run, though it received a more lukewarm reception in the States.

Moore stepped behind the cameras to direct several episodes of "The Saint," which wound up running for seven years and 118 episodes, making it ¿ alongside "The Avengers" (ITV, 1961-69) ¿ the longest-running series of its kind on British television. Despite this success, Moore grew increasingly tired of the role and was keen to branch out. Further showcasing his inherently sly wit and charm, Moore went on to star on "The Persuaders!" (ITV, 1971-72), which co-starred Tony Curtis. The show featured Moore and Curtis as two wealthy playboys who help solve previously unsolvable cases across Europe. Moore was paid an extraordinary sum per episode and became the highest-paid television actor in the world. But the show itself failed to catch on with audience in England and America, though "The Pretenders!" became something of a cult hit in later decades. Eventually, Moore became a contender to play James Bond after Sean Connery famously said he would never play the role after "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971). While there were persistent rumors Moore had been considered for 007 as far back as "Dr. No" (1962), the actor later confirmed that he was never approached or felt in contention until Connery officially left the role behind for good.

Already 46 years old and three years older than Connery, Moore took over as James Bond for "Live and Let Die" (1973), a big box office hit that used Blaxploitation tropes popular at the time in its plot that moved away from megalomaniacal villains bent on world domination in favor of drug-pushing street thugs. Despite its box office success and energetic theme song from Paul McCartney and Wings, "Live and Let Die" was a rather inauspicious debut for Moore. In fact, the actor was criticized for his new characterization of Bond, which moved away from the suave super-agent presented by Connery in favor of a campier version who was quicker with a wisecrack than with his Walther PPK weapon. Throughout his tenure, Moore split audiences and critics over his portrayal, with some pointing to his lack of acting ability as being a major crutch. Moore returned to the role for "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974), widely considered to be one of the least favorite entries in the entire film series. Returning to the old formula of an evil villain (Christopher Lee) bent on world destruction, the film once again focused too much on campy humor while presenting fans with one of the least popular Bond girls (Britt Ekland) of the series.

Following non-Bond turns in "Shout at the Devil" (1976) and "Sherlock Holmes in New York" (1977), where he played the titular detective, Moore returned as 007 for "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977), the best Bond movie of his tenure and one of the greatest in the franchise. The plot focused on web-fingered industrialist Karl Stromberg (Curd Jürgens), who despises the human race and plans on destroying the world in order to build a new civilization under the seas. Featuring the first truly independently minded Bond girl, Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) ¿ a.k.a. Agent X

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CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Agent Crush (2007)
4.
 Boat Trip (2003) Lloyd
5.
 Enemy, The (2001) Robert Ogilvie
6.
 Saint, The (1997) Voice
7.
 Spice World (1997) Chief
8.
 Quest, The (1996) Dobbs
9.
 Roger Moore: A Matter of Class (1995) Interviewee
10.
 Man Who Wouldn't Die, The (1995) Thomas Grace
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1949:
Played a bit part in the British musical "Trottie True," starring Jean Kent
1954:
Earliest U.S. film appearance was a supporting role in "The Last Time I Saw Paris," starring Elizabeth Taylor
1956:
First romantic lead in a film, "Diane" starring Lana Turner
1957:
Played the title role on the syndicated period adventure series "Ivanhoe"
1959:
Played Silky Harris on the TV adventure series "The Alaskans" (ABC)
1960:
Played cousin Beauregard Maverick for a season of the popular TV series "Maverick" (ABC)
1961:
Last feature film for nine years, "Gold of the Seven Saints"
1962:
Played the title role of Simon Templar (nicknamed the 'Saint') on the TV series "The Saint" (NBC)
1970:
Returned to features to act in "The Man Who Haunted Himself"
1971:
Played Lord Brett Sinclair on the British detective series "The Persuaders"
1973:
First played James Bond in "Live and Let Die"
1974:
Reprised James Bond role in "The Man with the Golden Gun"
1976:
First U.S.TV-movie, played the title role in "Sherlock Holmes in New York" (NBC)
1977:
Suited up once again as James Bond in "The Spy Who Loved Me"
1979:
Reprised Bond role in "Moonraker"
1981:
Joined the ensemble cast of the action comedy "The Cannonball Run"
1981:
Fifth feature outing as Bond, "For Your Eyes Only"
1983:
Played Bond in "Octopussy"
1985:
Last played James Bond in "A View to a Kill"
1995:
Executive produced and starred in the ABC TV-movie "The Man Who Wouldn't Die"
1996:
Acted in "The Quest" opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme
1998:
Made cameo appearance in "Spice World"
1999:
Landed regular role on the syndicated series "The Dream Team"
2001:
Played a spy in the feature "The Enemy"; aired on HBO in lieu of a theatrical release
2002:
Made guest appearance on the popular ABC series "Alias"
2002:
Cast as a flamboyantly gay man in the feature comedy "Boat Trip"
2004:
Voiced Santa in the UNICEF cartoon "The Fly Who Loved Me"
2007:
Awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
2010:
Voiced the character of Tab Lazenby in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to the 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

Made Commander of the British Empire in 1998. Moore was honored for his work with UNICEF

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wife:
Doorn Van Steyn. Divorced in 1953.
wife:
Dorothy Squires. Singer. Married in 1953; divorced in 1968; died of cancer on April 14, 1998 in Wales.
wife:
Luisa Mattioli. Married in 1969; separated in 1995; divorce settlement finalized in 2002; she reportedly received $15 million in exchange for promise not to write a tell-all book about their marriage.
wife:
Kristina Tholstrup. Born c . 1942; met in 1994; engaged; injured in a car accident in October 1999 in France; married on March 9, 2002 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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father:
George Moore. Police officer.
mother:
Lillian Pope.
daughter:
Deborah Maria Moore. Actor. Born c. 1963; married Jeremy Green, a London-based property consultant; separated; appeared on "Days of Our Lives"; co-starred in "Into the Sun" (1992).
son:
Geoffrey Moore. Born c. 1965.
son:
Christian Moore. Born c. 1973.
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