Celebrities and fans alike are celebrating Roger Moore’s life after the actor — who famously portrayed iconic fictional spy James Bond — died Tuesday at 89.
Moore’s family announced his death through a statement posted to Twitter, saying that the British star lost a “short but brave battle with cancer.”
The actor, who portrayed Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me, Live and Let Die and other ’70s and ’80s films from the long-running and constantly evolving franchise, was fondly remembered by many in the film industry.
Jane Seymour – who starred with Moore in 1973’s Live and Let Die – took to Instagram, sharing a photo with the actor and writing, “I am devastated to learn of Roger Moore’s passing.”
“The first leading role I ever had as a Bond girl was such a new and frightening world and Roger held my hand and guided me through every process,” she said. “He taught me about work ethic and humility.”
Paul McCartney, who wrote the popular theme song for Moore’s 1973 Bond film Live and Let, also took to social media to pay tribute to the late actor. “He had a heart of gold, a great sense of humor and will be missed by the many people who loved him,” McCartney wrote.
Wrote actress Mia Farrow, “Few are as kind & giving as was Roger Moore. Loving thoughts w his family & friends. He will be missed too by UNICEF.”
Moore also received a royal tribute at the garden party at Buckingham palace on Tuesday. As the Queen began chatting to guests, the Band of the Coldstream Guards struck up the James Bond theme in apparent tribute to the late actor.
In addition to his work onscreen, Moore was a longtime UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The organization remembered Moore fondly in a statement, saying, “With the passing of Sir Roger Moore, the world has lost one of its great champions for children — and the entire UNICEF family has lost a great friend.”
“In his most famous roles as an actor, Sir Roger was the epitome of cool sophistication; but in his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, he was a passionate – and highly persuasive – advocate for children. He once said that it was up to all of us to give children a more peaceful future. Together with Lady Kristina, he worked very hard to do so.”
According to Moore’s three children – Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian – the actor died in Switzerland.
“The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified with words alone,” they wrote.
A private funeral for Moore will be held in Monaco “in accordance with our father’s wishes,” the statement said.