Obituary: An Everlasting Bond - Roger Moore 1927 - 2017 - Movies In Focus
Roger Moore has died from cancer at the age of 89. The charismatic star is best known for his 12-year run as James Bond from 1973 to 1985, along with his turn as Simon Templar in The Saint, a show which ran from 1962-1969. Born in London on 14 October 1927, Moore trained at RADA before being conscripted into the army. He worked as a model following his military service, before moving to the US where he became an MGM contract player, starring in a variety of supporting roles in several disappointing movies. Cut loose by MGM, he signed a contract with Warner Bros and starred in the short-lived Ivanhoe series from 1958 – 1959, before moving onto The Alaskans (’59-’60). He then joined the cast of Maverick, playing Beau Maverick, the cousin of James Garner’s Brett Maverick. Moore would then continue in the show after Garner dropped out due to salary disputes but the show soon floundered following its star’s departure. Moore hit pay-dirt in 1962 when he was cast as Simon Templar in the TV adaptation of Leslie Charteris’ The Saint. The show ran until 1969 and it helped create Moore’s trademark eyebrow raise, along with pitching him [...]