Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Roger Moore's Tribute

"My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness and being on time.
All very important lessons", Roger Moore

Roger Moore – who played the iconic spy in seven films from 1973 to 1985, making his Bond bow in Live and Let Die – passed away on Tuesday, May 23th, in Crans-Montana (Switzerland) after a "short but brave battle with cancer". He was 89.
Roger Moore was born on 14 October 1927 in Stockwell, London. He was the only child of George Alfred Moore, a policeman, and Lillian "Lily" Pope.
In the 1960s, between filming, he started visiting the Swiss Alpine resort Gstaad in the canton of Bern. By 1978 he had decided to move there to offer his children a calmer life. According to Tribune de Genève, Moore liked to joke that "the residents are more interested in my car than me". Years later, he told Swiss broadcaster RTS that he had moved to Gstaad after his kids, who learned to ski there, pressured him into it.
From Gstaad Moore moved to Crans-Montana in Valais on the other side of the Alps in 1996 where he spent his last days. Moore described Crans-Montana as more relaxed.
While in Switzerland he was involved in charity work. From 1991 he was a travelling ambassador for UNICEF, after being introduced to the charity by Audrey Hepburn.
On 9 March 1999, Moore was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE), and promoted to Knight Commander of the same Order (KBE) on 14 June 2003. The citation on the knighthood was for Moore's charity work, which dominated his public life for more than a decade. Moore said that the citation "meant far more to me than if I had got it for acting... I was proud because I received it on behalf of UNICEF as a whole and for all it has achieved over the years".

James Bond 007 is a fictional British agent created in 1952 by Ian Fleming. Some of the most iconic scenes in Bond history have taken place on the mountain slopes. In "The Spy Who Loved Me".movie, Bond escapes an ambush by Soviet agents, killing one of them in a downhill ski chase that concludes when he skis off a cliff and falls only to open a Union Flag parachute.

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