Longest-serving James Bond star Roger Moore dies at 89

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It's rare that a person's own name is not the only one in the headline on his obituary - but remembrances for Roger Moore, the actor who has died at 89, will inevitably mention the name of the character for whom he was most famous: James Bond. The family added that he was 'surrounded with love in his final days'.

'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".

The family said his body will be taken to Monaco for a private funeral. The award, an equivalent to Hollywood's Oscar, was awarded to him for his role in the British series "The Saint", one of the most popular shows on Spanish TV.

"Being eternally known as Bond has no downside", Moore once told the Guardian.

Posting on his official Twitter account his family said, " With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the bad news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today.

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He wrote of Bond: "How can he be a spy, yet walk into any bar in the world and have the bartender recognize him and serve him his favorite drink?" Burdened with following Sean Connery as Agent 007, Moore kept it light, using a wry, amused tone and perpetually arched eyebrow as if he had landed on the set by accident.

The Bond franchise has found continued success in the 30 years since he left the role, but no actor played Bond in more films.

LYDEN: His first Bond movie was "Live And Let Die", released in 1973.

Roger Moore was born on October 14, 1927, in London and raised by two working-class parents, to whom he was very close.

Moore also appeared on the big screen in 1981's Cannonball Run and 1983's Curse of the Pink Panther, and briefly starred with Tony Curtis in the TV series The Persuaders, which ran a single season in 1971-197.

Other notable films of recent years include "The Quest" (1996), directed by Jean-Claude Van Damme, "Spice World" (1997), a quirky comedy about the British girl band Spice Girls, and the romantic comedy "Boat Trip" (2002). As Hepburn had, he threw much of his energy into the task.

He gave no details, but said it was important to encourage young victims not to feel guilty. "Despite all evidence to the contrary", he argued, Moore is "the greatest 007". Moore is survived by his three children, Geoffrey, Christian and Deborah, and by his wife, Kristina Tholstrup.

Offscreen he was respected for his charity work and in 1999 he was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire and a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2003.