James Bond star Roger Moore has always been a triumphant hero in Ian Fleming's films but not in real life. Cancer defeated the veteran actor at the ripe age of 89. His family posted on his personal account a sad note telling the public that their beloved father has passed away on May 23rd in Switzerland.

He left his fourth wife Kristina Tholstrup and three children, Geoffrey, Deborah, and Christian with his third wife, Luisa Mattioli. They penned a message on Twitter about the death of their father and their perception of him. The message also said that he has worked until his final days and the love of his fans did not fade through the years.

His last appearance at the London's Royal Festival Hall was filled with cheers from his fans.

Roger Moore played James Bond for 12 years

He will have a private funeral in Monaco which was what he wished. They also thanked him for being so special to so many people. Some of those people are the ones he has touched during his career as an actor. As James Bond, he has appeared in "Live and Let Die," "Octopussy," "The Spy who Loves Me," "For Your Eyes Only," "The Man with the Golden Gun," " Moonraker," and "A View to a Kill." He was the third actor to play the role of the British spy after Sean Connery and George Lazenby.

His career as an actor spanned decades that started in 1949 in a television show "The Governess." His movie career started inn1954 when he signed with MGM where he stayed for seven years.

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His stint as James Bond started in 1973 up to 1985. He was the actor who held the role for 12 years, the longest so far. He was also voted as the "Best Bond."

Roger Moore received prestigious citations

Roger Moore was given his Hollywood Walk of Fame star in 2008. He became a Unicef Ambassador in 1991 and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to charity in 2003. In 2008 he was appointed by the French government as the Commander of the Ordre Des Arts et Des Lettres.

Throughout his lifetime, Roger Moore has achieved many recognitions and awards. He also made friendships with royalties. Despite his failed marriages, he has been a successful actor and humanitarian.

He was diagnosed with diabetes, had experienced being treated for pneumonia and had a pacemaker when he collapsed on stage. Moore had a short Battle With Cancer until his death, but he was never idle because even at his advanced age he was still active in his acting career. The very last film he did was "A Princess for Christmas" as Edward, Duke of Canterbury. Roger Moore a.k.a.James Bond has lived a full and meaningful life.