Former Bond actor Roger Moore dies aged 89

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Sir Roger Moore, whose dry-martini wit and tongue-in-cheek demeanor embodied 007 in the '70s and '80s, has passed away at the age of 89 after "a short but fearless battle with cancer".

James Bond legend Sir Roger Moore passed away in Switzerland on Tuesday, May 23.

Moore was created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1999 and advanced to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in 2003. Sir Roger Moore passed away in Switzerland and he will be laid to rest in a private funeral in Monaco.

A file picture of Hollywood actor Sir Roger Moore Unicef Goodwill Ambassador during his 2005 visit to Mumbai for a UNICEF project.

Thank you Pops for being you, and before being so very special to so many people. He played a tennis pro in 1954's "The Last Time I Saw Paris", with Elizabeth Taylor.

In the 1940s, Moore studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and, after World War II, served in the British military. With the company, he co-starred with Tony Curtis in "The Persuaders!" for British television and helped produce "A Touch of Class", which won a best-actress Oscar for Glenda Jackson. The Bond films were said to have earned Moore 14 million pounds ($22 million).

Some of those titles include Moonraker, Live and Let Die, and For Your Eyes Only. He continued to take roles here and there including some voice work.

Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director reflected on the life of Sir Roger: "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".

Survivors include his wife Kristina, whom he married in 2002, and children Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian. But he remained active as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations, and lived with his fourth wife, Kristina Tholstrup, in homes in Monaco and Crans-Montana, Valais.