Sean Connery, who originated the role in 1962, current Bond star Daniel Craig and former 007 Pierce Brosnan all released statements honoring Moore
Multiple James Bond stars are paying tribute to Roger Moore after his death on Tuesday.
Sean Connery, who originated the role in 1962, current Bond star Daniel Craig and former 007 Pierce Brosnan all released statements honoring Moore.
In a statement to EW, Connery spoke of his friendship with his fellow knighted actor, who assumed the role in 1972. “I was very sad to hear of Roger’s passing,” he said. “We had an unusually long relationship, by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter. I will miss him.”
Pierce Brosnan called Moore “the greatest Bond of his time” in a statement to PEOPLE. “He embraced the role with an easy charm and grace that let us all in on the game,” Brosnan wrote. “He saved the world seven times and then went on to become an even greater man working to ‘save the children’ with UNICEF. He never forgot the audience, and we shall never forget him. I am proud to have followed in your footsteps, Sir Roger. My heartfelt condolences to your family, friends, and children.”
The Irish Mamma Mia actor also posted a tribute to his Facebook page, writing, “It is indeed with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your passing this morning. You were a big part of my life, from The Saint to James Bond… You were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me. The world will miss you and your unique sense of humor for years to come. My sincerest condolences to your family and children.”
Brosnan included an image of himself and Moore dressed in Bond-esque formal wear. Craig, who has been playing the character since 2006’s Casino Royale, also posted a photo of himself and Moore in formal wear, writing on Twitter, “Nobody does it better.”
Other members of the Bond family also publicly paid their respects, including producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who released a statement on the official 007 Instagram account.
“We are heartbroken at the news of Sir Roger Moore’s passing. On the screen, he reinvented the role of James Bond with tremendous skill, charisma, and humor,” they wrote in part. “In real life, he was a genuine hero working as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for many years dedicating his life to alleviating the suffering of children all over the world. He was a loyal and beloved friend and his legacy shall live on through his films and the millions of lives he touched. We shall miss him enormously.”
Many celebrities have also posted their tributes to the former James Bond actor on social media.