The death of James Bond actor and Unicef ambassador has been announced.

His family said the 89 year-old had died after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”  Sir Roger Moore portrayed suave spy James Bond for twelve years, from 1973 to 1985, appearing in 7 films, following on from his role as Simon Templar in The Saint between 1962 and 1969.

They tweeted: “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated.”

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