Roger Moore

Roger Moore

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Moore in 1973
Roger George Moore

(1927-10-14)14 October 1927
Stockwell, London, England
Died23 May 2017(2017-05-23) (aged 89)
Crans-Montana, Switzerland[1]
Burial placeMonaco Cemetery
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1945–2017
Known forJames Bond in seven feature films from 1973 to 1985
The Saint from 1962 to 1969
Doorn van Steyn
(m. 1946; div. 1953)

Dorothy Squires
(m. 1953; div. 1968)

Luisa Mattioli
(m. 1969; div. 1996)

Kristina Tholstrup
(m. 2002; his death 2017)
AwardsHollywood Walk of Fame (2007)
Military career
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Service number372394
UnitRoyal Army Service Corps
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Sir Roger George Moore KBE (14 October 1927 – 23 May 2017) was an English actor. He is best known for having played Ian Fleming's fictional British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films from 1973 to 1985.

Moore took over the role of Bond from Sean Connery in 1972, made his first appearance as 007 in Live and Let Die (1973), and went on to portray the spy in six more films until his retirement from the role in 1985.[2][3] Appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991, Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for services to charity. In 2007, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his work in television and in film. In 2008, the French government appointed Moore a Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.

Early life

Roger Moore was born on 14 October 1927 in Stockwell, London.[4] He was the only child of George Alfred Moore, a policeman (PC168E based in Bow Street, London), and Lillian "Lily" (Pope).[5][6] His mother was born in Calcutta, India, to an English family.[7] He attended Battersea Grammar School, but was evacuated to Holsworthy, Devon, during World War II, and attended Launceston College in Cornwall. He was further educated at Dr Challoner's Grammar School in Amersham, Buckinghamshire.[8]

Moore apprenticed at an animation studio, but was fired after he made a mistake with some animation cells.[6] When his father investigated a robbery at the home of film director Brian Desmond Hurst, Moore was introduced to the director and hired as an extra for the 1945 film Caesar and Cleopatra.[9] While there, Moore attracted an off-camera female fan following, and Hurst decided to pay Moore's fees at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Moore spent three terms at RADA, where he was a classmate of his future Bond co-star Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny. During this time there, he developed the Mid-Atlantic accent and relaxed demeanour that became his screen persona.[6]

At 18, shortly after the end of World War II, 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.[10] He was an officer in the Combined Services Entertainment section and eventually became a captain,[9] commanding a small depot in West Germany. He later looked after entertainers for the armed forces passing through Hamburg.[11]

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