Actor Sir Roger Moore, best known for playing James Bond, has died aged 89, his family has announced. Thank you Pops for being you, and being so very special to so many people. With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today.
We are all devastated.
I loved him in the Bond movies growing up.
Sign of the times I am getting older each day.
He always drove awesome cars and had hot girls all around him.
James bond was an iconic hero and Roger Moore was one of the best bonds !
Roger Moore was born on 14 October 1927 in Stockwell, London.
He is the only child of Lillian “Lily” (née Pope), a housewife, and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. His mother was born in Calcutta, India, of English origin. He attended Battersea Grammar School, but was evacuated to Holsworthy, Devon, during the Second World War, and attended Launceston College school.
He was further educated at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School in Amersham, Buckinghamshire and then attended the College of the Venerable Bede at the University of Durham, but did not graduate.
At 18, shortly after the end of the Second World War, Moore was conscripted for national service.
On 21 September 1946, he was commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps as a second lieutenant.
He was given the service number 372394. He eventually became a captain, commanding a small depot in West Germany.
He later looked after entertainers for the armed forces passing through Hamburg.
Immediately prior to his national service, he studied for two terms at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, during which his fees were paid by film director Brian Desmond Hurst, who also used Moore as an extra in his film Trottie True.
At RADA, Moore was a classmate of his future Bond co-star Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny.
Moore chose to leave RADA after six months in order to seek paid employment as an actor.
His film idol was Stewart Granger.
At the age of 17 Moore appeared as an extra in the film Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), meeting his idol on the set.
Later Moore and Granger were both in The Wild Geese (1978), though they had no scenes together.
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