(And later there was Timothy Dalton, who admittedly was underrated.) As of today, we now live in a world with a dead 007: Moore has passed, his family says, after a "short but fearless battle with cancer".
Moore was the third screen Bond, but he was also the oldest.
"I'm not that cold-blooded killer type".
In the same tweet from the father's account, Moore's children said that they are all devastated.
After playing bit parts in American film and TV, then doing time in the thriller series "The Saint" for 100 episodes (wherein he refined the style he would bring to his next role), Moore embodied 007 for seven films and about 2,000 (OK, 12) years.
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Russell Crowe led the tributes to the actor on Twitter, writing simply: "Roger Moore, loved him".
The statement was signed by Sir Roger's children, Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.
"Through his lifelong work with UNICEF he showed me the true meaning of being a humanitarian and giving back".
Sir Roger was the longest-serving actor to play the womanising MI6 agent, having portrayed 007 in seven films.
Roger Moore was born on October 14, 1927, in London and raised by two working-class parents, to whom he was very close. 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.
Eventually, as Alan kicked off a segment entitled An Audience With Sir Roger Moore - held in a special room full of 007-themed props - the actor's non-appearance prompted derision from his already fed-up other guests and a desperate outburst from our host.
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He was awarded a knighthood in 2003 in recognition of his work with the organisation. No wonder he hit his stride with "The Spy Who Loved Me", which cemented his lighter portrayal, underscored by Carly Simon's sultry, "Nobody Does it Better".
His first Bond was Live And Let Die (1973), which the producers made him lose weight, get fit and cut his hair for.
He followed it with "The Man With the Golden Gun" (1974), "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977), "Moonraker" (1979), "For Your Eyes Only" (1981) and "Octopussy" (1983) before bowing out after "A View to a Kill" in 1985, when he was 57.
In 1991, Moore became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and he helped raise more than $US90 million for a worldwide campaign to eliminate iodine deficiency.
He married a fourth time, in 2002, to Swedish socialite Kristina Tholstrup.
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