James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore has died aged 89 after a “brave battle with cancer”, his family have said.
In a statement published in the actor’s Twitter page, his family said the actor died on Tuesday in Switzerland, “after a short but brave battle with cancer”.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today,” the statement reads.
“The love in which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone.”
Sir Roger was famous for his iconic roles in The Saint and the James Bond movies, the latter which made him one of the most successful actors of his generation.
He was the longest-serving actor to play the womanising MI6 agent, having portrayed 007 in seven films.
“We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for Unicef, which he considered to be his greatest achievement,” his family said.
“The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year,” they added.
“The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born.
“Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people.”