By Jack Lugo
It is with a great deal of sadness that we must report that legendary Bond actor Sir Roger Moore has passed away at age 89. In a statement released by his children on his official Twitter page, it was revealed that the beloved icon succumbed to “a short but brave battle with cancer.” Needless to say, this is a devastating loss to the Bond fan community and especially to us here at James Bond Radio. Sir Roger leaves behind a lifetime of memories that we all collectively cherish.
In addition to playing Bond, his children’s statement rightly pointed to the fact that Sir Roger considered his work for UNICEF to be his greatest achievement. Sir Roger joined UNICEF in 1991 and became a celebrity ambassador for the charity helping children around the globe. In his 2008 memoir, My Word is My Bond, Sir Roger wrote about his commitment to UNICEF with a great deal of passion and humility. One of his major causes was to raise funds and awareness for Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD), which afflicts many third world countries. Sir Roger took the time to meet with several heads of state on behalf of UNICEF to urge them to combat IDD in their poorest communities.
In 2003 Sir Roger was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and he remains a much beloved figure around the globe not just as a film icon but also as a humanitarian.
There are so many stand out moments from his 7 Bond films that it would be impossible to name them all. This particular one from Octopussy is one that is a favorite of both Tom and Chris. Roger exudes a cool confidence in this scene as he steadies his eyes on the adversarial Kamal Khan while not even looking at the dice to confirm the double sixes.
Sir Roger lived a fascinating life, and we as Bond fans will always hold our memories of him close and dear to our hearts. Godspeed, Sir Roger.