Roger Moore was best known for his contributions to two of England’s most well-known spy characters: “The Saint” Simon Templar and Agent 007 James Bond.
From 1962 to 1969, the former male model starred in the British TV series “The Saint,” which tied with “The Avengers” as the country’s longest-running action/spy series.
Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli selected Moore as the third James Bond after Sean Connery and George Lazenby, who left the series after one poorly received installment. Moore’s first outing as Bond, “Live and Let Die,” gave the agent a lighter, more tongue-in-cheek approach than Connery. Moore went on to be the longest-serving Bond (12 years, from 1973 to 1985) and appeared in the most films (seven).
After giving up the role at age 58 (he was the oldest Bond), Moore appeared in a few more films before retiring from acting in 2009.
Moore died May 23, 2017, after a short battle with cancer in Switzerland. He was 89.