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Obituary: Sir Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore in familiar pose in Octopussy, 1983. Credit: Ronald Grant Archive

24 May 2017

BECTU has expressed sadness at the death of Sir Roger Moore, aged 89.

He was the longest serving member of the union and was one of 91 members who in 2009 were awarded a certificate in recognition of at least 50 years of union membership. 

He was born in Stockwell in 1927 and although he made his name as an actor he started in the business as a teenager working as an apprentice at an animation studio.

Sir Roger’s first role was as a supporting artiste in the epic Caesar and Cleopatra. After National Service in the army he continued as an actor but also worked as a model including for knitting patterns.

His television roles in the 1950s and 60s set his style in the public mind as suave and sophisticated with The Saint and The Persuaders, but it was in 1973 that Sir Roger Moore took on the role of James Bond with Live and Let Die, the first of seven Bond films.

After Bond Sir Roger made other films including Shout at the Devil and The Wild Geese, but he also went on to devote much time as an ambassador for Unicef.

BECTU sends condolences to his family.

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