In pictures: A look back at Roger Moore's stellar career

Former James Bond, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away at the age of 89.

Actor Roger Moore has died in Switzerland, after losing a 'short but brave' battle with cancer.

"It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer,” his family said in a statement, confirming his passing. 

"The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone."

His wife, Kristina Tholstrup, and three children encouraged fans to remember Roger's incredible work in film and philanthropy.

Roger Moore on the set of Live and Let Die

"We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF, which he considered to be his greatest achievement," the statement said.

Roger with his Bond predecessor, Sean Connery

Roger will be best remembered for his role as James Bond, which he played in a record six films. Starting in 1973 and finishing in 1985, he was both the longest-serving Bond in history, as well as the oldest actor to play the part. 

To many fans, he was also considered the best Bond, over other fan favourites Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton, as indicated by a 2004 poll conducted by the Academy Awards.

The Spy Who Loved Me

Starting with Live and Let Die, Roger was 45 when he first took the reins as Bond in 1973, and 58 when he played the role for the last time in A View to Kill.

His other credits in the series include The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only and Octopussy.

On the set of his final Bond film, A View to Kill.

Roger's Bond was best known for his wit, playboy antics and a seductive eyebrow-raise, but in real life the actor was reportedly shy, something which gradually changed with his growing fame.

Prior to taking on the role of Bond, he was best known for TV shows, Maverick and The Saint.

Later in life, he dedicated a lot of time working with the United Nation's children's fund, UNICEF. 

With his wife, Kristina Tholstrup

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