Seven appearances as James Bond has forever engraved Roger Moore as one of the all time cinematic greats. From his debut in the franchise courtesy of Live and Let Die, the Englishman would reprise the role throughout the 70s and 80s via such classics as The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and finally with 1985's A View to a Kill.
His death this week at the age of 89 from cancer has seen a wave of tributes flow from all corners of the industry. But it would be his fellow license to kill members who would lead them. Giving their admiration for a man they knew and loved.
The Bond Club Loses A Member
Widely considered to be the iconic Bond of his time, Sean Connery said that he considered Moore a close friend despite ongoing friction with the studio.
"I was very sad to hear of Roger's passing. We had an unusually long relationship, by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter. I will miss him."
Pierce Brosnan would play the part for four features, seeing Moore as a mentor.
"Dear Sir Roger Moore, It is indeed with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your passing this morning. You were a big part of my life, from The Saint to James Bond...you were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humor for years to come. My sincerest condolences to your family and children. RIP."
Nobody Does It Better - love Daniel pic.twitter.com/lkeKirvt0l
— James Bond (@007) May 23, 2017
Current day Bond Daniel Craig had a short but heartfelt message as well:
"Nobody Does It Better - love Daniel."
Moore A Leader In UNICEF Work Behind The Scenes
Going largely unnoticed and under-appreciated behind the scenes, Ewan McGregor recalled that Moore was influential in bringing him aboard UNICEF to dedicate much of his life to charitable works.
"Thank you, Roger for having championed so tirelessly the rights of all children for the last 26 years," McGregor said in a statement. "You introduced me to UNICEF over a decade ago and have been an inspiration to all of us. I hope that together we'll continue advocating for the plight of children everywhere, whose most basic rights are still being denied. You've shown that we all have the power to make a change to the lives of the most vulnerable children."
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) May 23, 2017
Bryan Cranston only had the pleasure of seeing him briefly late in 2016, but it was a moment he would not forget.
"Saddened @sirrogermoore passed today. Had a great chat about acting & life 6 mo. ago. Generous and kind. RIP Mr. Bond."