Roger Moore

Roger  Moore


Also Known As
Sir Roger George Moore, Roger George Moore
Birth Place
London, England, GB
October 14, 1927
May 23, 2017
Cause of Death


Having found great success on British television as the star of "The Saint" (ITV, 1962-69), Roger Moore was a natural and worthy successor to Sean Connery in the role of super-agent James Bond. Taking on the iconic character with a license to kill for "Live and Let Die" (1973), Moore spent 12 years as the suave, womanizing 007, though for part of that time he heard criticism for his camp...

Family & Companions

Doorn Van Steyn
Divorced in 1953.
Dorothy Squires
Singer. Married in 1953; divorced in 1968; died of cancer on April 14, 1998 in Wales.
Luisa Mattioli
Married in 1969; separated in 1995; divorce settlement finalized in 2002; she reportedly received $15 million in exchange for promise not to write a tell-all book about their marriage.
Kristina Tholstrup
Born c . 1942; met in 1994; engaged; injured in a car accident in October 1999 in France; married on March 9, 2002 in Copenhagen, Denmark.


Made Commander of the British Empire in 1998. Moore was honored for his work with UNICEF


Having found great success on British television as the star of "The Saint" (ITV, 1962-69), Roger Moore was a natural and worthy successor to Sean Connery in the role of super-agent James Bond. Taking on the iconic character with a license to kill for "Live and Let Die" (1973), Moore spent 12 years as the suave, womanizing 007, though for part of that time he heard criticism for his campy, tongue-in-cheek characterization. Moore settled into the role nicely with "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977), and followed it with the science-fiction-influenced "Moonraker" (1979) and the return to basics "For Your Eyes Only" (1981). Meanwhile, Moore continued making films outside the Bond universe with "Shout at the Devil" (1976), "Sherlock Holmes in New York" (1977) and knockabout comedy "The Cannonball Run" (1981), but nothing elevated him to international acclaim like Ian Fleming's spy. Amidst calls that he was becoming too old for the role, Moore made his last Bond movies, "Octopussy" (1983) and "A View to a Kill" (1985), before settling into an increasingly sporadic schedule as a character actor in films ranging from romantic comedy "Bed and Breakfast" (1992) to Bill Condon's thriller "The Man Who Wouldn't Die" (1995) before retiring after his co-starring role in young adult holiday romance "A Princess for Christmas" (2011). Though sometime dismissed by critics when compared to Connery, Moore made the character his own and earned international fame for one of cinema's most sought-after roles. Roger Moore died on May 23, 2017 following a brief battle with cancer. He was 89 years old.

Born on Oct. 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, Moore was raised an only child by his father, George Moore, a policeman, and his mother, Lillian Pope, a homemaker. While attending Battersea Grammar School in South London, he was evacuated to the western township of Holsworthy during the WWII Nazi air raids. Soon after the war ended, Moore was conscripted into service and served as a captain in the Royal Army Service Corp, for whom he commanded a depot in West Germany. He transferred to the entertainment branch and later attended the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Art for a brief time before landing small roles in films like "Caesar and Cleopatra" (1945) and "Perfect Strangers" (1945). He made his first television appearance with "Drawing Room Detective" (BBC, 1950), and continued making motion pictures with a bit part in the British comedy "One Wild Oat" (1951). Moving to Hollywood in 1953, Moore became a contract player for MGM and began working more steadily in films, landing more substantial parts in "The Last Time I Saw Paris" (1954), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Van Johnson, and the biographical drama "Interrupted Melody" (1955) with Glenn Ford and Eleanor Parker.

Following the Lana Turner vehicle "Diane" (1956), Moore began finding work as a male model. Like many actors of the 1950s, Moore started working seriously in the expanding medium of television, landing roles on shows such as "Ivanhoe" (syndicated, 1958-59), in which he portrayed Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe and "The Alaskans" (ABC, 1959-1960), where he played fast-talking swindler Silky Harris. After star James Garner quit "Maverick" (ABC, 1957-1962) following a contract dispute, Moore was cast to play cousin Beau Maverick opposite Jack Kelly's Bart Maverick for the fourth season. Dissatisfied with the quality of the scripts, however, Moore left the show after just one season. But that move proved fortuitous as he went on to play his most iconic TV role, Simon Templar, on the British series, "The Saint" (ITV, 1962-69). Based on Leslie Charteris' long-running novel series, "The Saint" featured Moore as a suave Robin Hood-like thief who targets corrupt politicians and other wealthy types.

In its early years, the show was shot in black-and-white and saw Moore routinely break the fourth wall by talking directly to the audience. About halfway through the series' run, however, "The Saint" famously switched to color with the actor delivering a more standard voiceover narration. Many felt that Moore's performance as Templar was a sort of training ground to play James Bond. In fact, there was a bit of foreshadowing concerning Moore's eventual takeover of the Bond role, from a gondola ride in Venice a la "Moonraker" with Lois Maxwell - the actress most recognized as Miss Moneypenny - to Templar pretending to actually be James Bond in an early 1963 episode. Meanwhile, the series was so popular in England that NBC picked it up for a U.S. run, though it received a more lukewarm reception in the States.

Moore stepped behind the cameras to direct several episodes of "The Saint," which wound up running for seven years and 118 episodes, making it - alongside "The Avengers" (ITV, 1961-69) - the longest-running series of its kind on British television. Despite this success, Moore grew increasingly tired of the role and was keen to branch out. Further showcasing his inherently sly wit and charm, Moore went on to star on "The Persuaders!" (ITV, 1971-72), which co-starred Tony Curtis. The show featured Moore and Curtis as two wealthy playboys who help solve previously unsolvable cases across Europe. Eventually, Moore became a contender to play James Bond after Sean Connery famously said he would never return to the role after "Diamonds Are Forever" (1971). While there were persistent rumors Moore had been considered for 007 as far back as "Dr. No" (1962), the actor later confirmed that he was never approached or felt in contention until Connery officially left the role behind for good.

Already 46 years old, three years older than Connery, Moore took over as James Bond for "Live and Let Die" (1973), a big box office hit that used Blaxploitation tropes popular at the time in its plot that moved away from megalomaniacal villains bent on world domination in favor of drug-pushing street thugs. Despite its box office success, the actor was criticized for his new characterization of Bond, which moved away from the suave super-agent presented by Connery in favor of a campier version who was as quick with a wisecrack as with his Walther PPK weapon. Throughout his tenure, Moore split audiences and critics over this light-hearted portrayal. Moore returned to the role for "The Man with the Golden Gun" (1974), co-starring Christopher Lee as the villain bent on world destruction and Britt Ekland as the requisite beautiful "Bond girl."

Following non-Bond turns in "Shout at the Devil" (1976) and "Sherlock Holmes in New York" (1977), where he played the titular detective, Moore returned as 007 for "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977). Featuring the first truly independently minded Bond girl, Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) - a.k.a. KGB Agent XXX - and fan favorite henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel), "The Spy Who Loved Me" was a major critical and box office hit. Moore followed up with the even more financially successful "Moonraker" (1979), a big-budget "Bond in space" tale aiming to capitalize on the post "Star Wars" (1977) science fiction fad. Full of campy one-liners and extravagant effects, "Moonraker" earned a possibly unfair reputation as being one of the most over-the-top Bond films ever made.

In an effort to return Bond to the more grounded espionage movies of the early Connery period, Moore starred in "For Your Eyes Only" (1981). Also that year, Moore parodied his James Bond image in the comic road picture "The Cannonball Run" (1981) before making his sixth appearance as 007 in "Octopussy" (1983), which focused on Bond's attempts to stop a wealthy Afghan prince (Louis Jordan) from stealing a nuclear weapon. Twelve years after taking up the mantle from Sean Connery, Moore made his last film as 007 with "A View to a Kill" (1985). Once he was finished playing Bond - the role was taken over by Timothy Dalton - Moore reduced his work load considerably, making a new film every few years. These included sports drama "Fire, Ice and Dynamite" (1989), romantic comedy "Bed and Breakfast" (1992) and "The Man Who Wouldn't Die" (1995), a thriller directed by future A-list director Bill Condon. Cameos in comedies like the Spice Girls vehicle "Spice World" (1997) and Cuba Gooding Jr's "Boat Trip" (2002) tweaked his Bond image. Following his final film, young adult holiday romance "A Princess for Christmas" (2011), Moore briefly returned to the spotlight as fans celebrated the 50th anniversary of James Bond films in 2012, but following that burst of publicity, he quietly retired to Switzerland. Roger Moore died following a brief struggle with cancer on May 23, 2017. He was 89.



Cast (Feature Film)

Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)
Agent Crush (2007)
Peter Cottontail: The Movie (2005)
Boat Trip (2003)
The Enemy (2001)
Robert Ogilvie
The Saint (1997)
Spice World (1997)
The Quest (1996)
Roger Moore: A Matter of Class (1995)
The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1995)
It's Alive: The Story of Frankenstein (1994)
Audrey Hepburn: Remembered (1993)
Bed & Breakfast (1992)
Fire, Ice & Dynamite (1991)
Mcvay; Sir George
Michael Caine: Breaking the Mold (1991)
Bullseye! (1990)
The Magic Snowman (1987)
Voice Of Lumi Ukko--The Snowman
The Naked Face (1985)
Dr Judd Stevens
A View To A Kill (1985)
James Bond--Agent 007
Octopussy (1983)
James Bond--Agent 007
Curse of the Pink Panther (1983)
The Cannonball Run (1981)
Sunday Lovers (1981)
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Ffolkes (1980)
Rufus Excalibur Ffolkes
The Sea Wolves (1980)
Escape to Athena (1979)
Moonraker (1979)
The Wild Geese (1978)
The Spy who Loved Me (1977)
Sherlock Holmes in New York (1976)
Sherlock Holmes
Shout at the Devil (1976)
Street People (1976)
That Lucky Touch (1975)
Michael Scott
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974)
James Bond--Agent 007
Gold (1974)
Live and Let Die (1973)
The Man who Haunted Himself (1970)
Harold Pelham
Crossplot (1969)
Scandal at Scourie (1953)
The Clown (1953)
Man with Hogarth
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Small Town Girl (1953)
Pickup on South Street (1953)
Mr. Victor
The Girl Next Door (1953)
Confidentially Connie (1953)
Dangerous When Wet (1953)
Above and Beyond (1953)
The Bad and the Beautiful (1953)
Cigar clerk
Monkey Business (1952)
Stars and Stripes Forever (1952)
Presidential aide
Paula (1952)
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952)
Meet Me at the Fair (1952)
Wall Street tycoon
Young Man With Ideas (1952)
Real estate associate
Pat and Mike (1952)
Rich, Young and Pretty (1951)
The Tall Target (1951)
The Great Caruso (1951)
Fireman in gallery
Go for Broke! (1951)
Golden Girl (1951)
Let's Make It Legal (1951)
Too Young to Kiss (1951)
Half Angel (1951)
The Strip (1951)
Clerk in bookie joint
As Young As You Feel (1951)
Dial 1119 (1950)
Shadow on the Wall (1950)
Francis (1950)
Marine Corps major
East Side, West Side (1950)
Duchess of Idaho (1950)
Key to the City (1950)
Assistant clerk
The Yellow Cab Man (1950)
Father of the Bride (1950)
The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
House of Strangers (1949)
Act of Violence (1949)
The Gal Who Took the West (1949)
Whirlpool (1949)
Fingerprint man
Any Number Can Play (1949)
Casino patron
Trottie True (1949)
Good Sam (1948)
Isn't It Romantic (1948)
A Southern Yankee (1948)
Secret Service man
The Fuller Brush Man (1948)
Detective Foster
Homecoming (1948)
Luxury Liner (1948)
State of the Union (1948)
Meet the People (1944)
The Cross of Lorraine (1944)
French soldier
Swing Shift Maisie (1943)
Slightly Dangerous (1943)
Assistant floorwalker
A Stranger in Town (1943)
Clerk of court
Girl Crazy (1943)
The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
Her Cardboard Lover (1942)
Simpson, chauffeur
Nazi Agent (1942)
Panama Hattie (1942)
Fingers at the Window (1942)
Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942)
Court clerk
Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
Barnacle Bill (1941)
Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
Thunder Afloat (1939)
Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)
Too Hot to Handle (1938)
Still man
The Crowd Roars (1938)
Cain's chauffeur
Paradise for Three (1938)
Phone operator
The First Hundred Years (1938)
Ship's steward
Of Human Hearts (1938)
Bad Guy (1937)
Double Wedding (1937)

Producer (Feature Film)

The Man Who Wouldn't Die (1995)
Executive Producer

Cast (Special)

Miracle of the First Christmas (2000)
Intimate Portrait: Stefanie Powers (1999)
Spytek (1998)
The Secret KGB UFO Files (1998)
Hometown Heroes (1998)
The King and I: Recording a Hollywood Dream (1993)
Danny Kaye's International Children's Awards For UNICEF (1992)
Welcome Home, America! - A USO Salute to America's Sons and Daughters (1991)
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come (1990)
Rich and Famous 1988 World's Best (1988)
Happy Birthday, Hollywood! (1987)
Happy Anniversary, 007: 25 Years of James Bond (1987)
Ann-Margret's Hollywood Movie Girls (1980)
The Burt Bacharach Special (1974)
Royal Variety Performance (1973)

Cast (Short)

Respect the Law (1941)
Know Your Money (1940)
Saturday Afternoon (1926)

Life Events


Played a bit part in the British musical "Trottie True," starring Jean Kent


Earliest U.S. film appearance was a supporting role in "The Last Time I Saw Paris," starring Elizabeth Taylor


First romantic lead in a film, "Diane" starring Lana Turner


Played the title role on the syndicated period adventure series "Ivanhoe"


Played Silky Harris on the TV adventure series "The Alaskans" (ABC)


Played cousin Beauregard Maverick for a season of the popular TV series "Maverick" (ABC)


Last feature film for nine years, "Gold of the Seven Saints"


Played the title role of Simon Templar (nicknamed the 'Saint') on the TV series "The Saint" (NBC)


Returned to features to act in "The Man Who Haunted Himself"


Played Lord Brett Sinclair on the British detective series "The Persuaders"


First played James Bond in "Live and Let Die"


Reprised James Bond role in "The Man with the Golden Gun"


First U.S. TV-movie, played the title role in "Sherlock Holmes in New York" (NBC)


Suited up once again as James Bond in "The Spy Who Loved Me"


Reprised Bond role in "Moonraker"


Joined the ensemble cast of the action comedy "The Cannonball Run"


Fifth feature outing as Bond, "For Your Eyes Only"


Played Bond in "Octopussy"


Last played James Bond in "A View to a Kill"


Executive produced and starred in the ABC TV-movie "The Man Who Wouldn't Die"


Acted in "The Quest" opposite Jean-Claude Van Damme


Made cameo appearance in "Spice World"


Landed regular role on the syndicated series "The Dream Team"


Played a spy in the feature "The Enemy"; aired on HBO in lieu of a theatrical release


Made guest appearance on the popular ABC series "Alias"


Cast as a flamboyantly gay man in the feature comedy "Boat Trip"


Voiced Santa in the UNICEF cartoon "The Fly Who Loved Me"


Awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Voiced the character of Tab Lazenby in "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore," the sequel to the 2001 family film "Cats & Dogs"


Appeared as Jasper in TV movie "The Saint," his final work released during his lifetime


Movie Clip

For Your Eyes Only (1981) - -- Open, Some Sort Of Emergency At a Buckinghamshire parish cemetery, west of London, James Bond (Roger Moore, in his fifth appearance, in the 12th United Artists 007 feature) encounters a vicar (Fred Bryant), a pilot (George Sweeney) then a cat who must be Ernst Stavro Blofeld (voice by Robert Rietty), opening For Your Eyes Only, 1981.
For Your Eyes Only (1981) - -- Title Song, Credits With Bond (Roger Moore) having apparently finally offed Blofeld in the opening, then (unusually) appearing himself in the credit and title song sequence, giving way to then pop-sensation Sheena Easton, becoming (still!) the only Bond theme vocalist ever to appear on camera, with the Academy Award-nominated song by Bill Conti and Michael J. Leeson, which reached #4 on the U.S. Billboard chart, from For Your Eyes Only, 1981.
For Your Eyes Only (1981) - -- I Hope You Have A Car Having parked his Lotus, casing “a villa near Madrid,” where Cuban assassin Gonzales (Stefan Kalipha), who killed an MI6-asset couple, is being paid off by an unidentified spook (Michael Gothard), Bond (Roger Moore) is captured, until the victims’ daughter (Carole Bouquet) steps in with a crossbow, in For Your Eyes Only, 1981.
For Your Eyes Only (1981) - -- By Strangling His Psychiatrist Back in London, Bond (Roger Moore) visits Q (Desmond Llewelyn) for the requisite gadget-gag sequence, then uses the “Identigraph” to pick out Locque (Michael Gothard), finishing with a mild admonition by Tanner (James Villiers), standing in for “on-leave” M (actually the late Bernard Lee, who died during preparation for the film), in For Your Eyes Only, 1981.
Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977) - We All Make Mistakes, Mr. Bond In Egypt, cooperating in chasing the microfilm snatched by “Jaws” (Richard Kiel), though it’s not clear why he’s posing as a phone repair man, or why he’s gone back to the archeological site, Bond (Roger Moore) and Soviet Major Asamova (a.k.a. Agent XXX, Barbara Bach, born Goldbach, in Queens, NY, deploying her universally convincing accent), still in evening garb, have some trouble getting away, in The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977.
Moonraker (1979) - The Chicken Switch Roger Moore (as James Bond, in his fourth appearance, in the eleventh 007 feature) has just met dishy Dr. Goodhead (Lois Chiles) at the California space research facility (run by the emerging villain Drax), encouraged to try out the centrifuge-thing, the silent henchman Chang (Toshirô Suga) interfering, in Moonraker, 1979.
Moonraker (1979) - Such Good Sport At what’s supposed to be his French-styled estate transported to California, but is in fact Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte, Seine-et-Marne, France, space-entrepreneur villain Drax (Michael Lonsdale) keeps up the appearance of cooperation with Bond (Roger Moore) with a pheasant hunt, in Moonraker, 1979.
Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977) - I'll Assign Our Best Agent Before the credits and even before the action opening, after a British submarine seems to vanish, the Russians get similar news (via Walter Gotell as Gen. Gogol)and activate Agent XXX (with a twist, Barbara Bach) and the Brits (via M and Moneypenny, Bernard Lee and Lois Maxwell) summon Bond (Roger Moore), in The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977.
Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977) - Nobody Does It Better, Credits Only just beginning the true action-opening after six minutes, Roger Moore as 007, (maybe?) not knowing he’s been betrayed by his lover is pursued by unspecified assailants on skis from an Austrian Alpine hideaway, in a segment said to have caused Prince Charles to stand and applaud at a private screening, leading to the credits and hit semi-title song, by Carole Bayer Sager and Marvin Hamlisch, performed by Carly Simon, in The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977.
Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977) - What A Helpful Chap In Cairo looking for Fekkish, who’s said to have links to the diabolical Stromberg, Bond (Roger Moore) encounters the unlucky Felicca (Olga Bisera) whom he flips in no time, but still has to deal with thug Sandor (Milton Reid), also terminally, in The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977.
Spy Who Loved Me, The (1977) - Handsome But Deadly Speedboating from Sardinia escorted by voluptuous aide Naomi (Caroline Munro), Bond (Roger Moore) and Soviet ally Major Asamova (Barbara Bach) are posing as a marine biology researcher and wife, as an alibi to visit the outrageous Atlantis facility and it’s evil creator Stromberg (Curt Jurgens), in The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977.
Moonraker (1979) - I Dislike Being Spied On Chasing the space-domination scheme of villain Drax to Venice, shooting inside the real Venini Glassworks and museum, then in the neighboring canals, Bond (Roger Moore) intercepts his employee Dr. Goodhead (Lois Chiles), then employs his souped-up Gondola, in Moonraker, 1979.


For Your Eyes Only (1981) -- (Original Trailer) Trailer promoting the 12th James Bond feature from Eon productions, the fifth with Roger Moore, and the first of five directed by John Glen, For Your Eyes Only, 1981, with Carole Bouquet as the romantic interest and Chaim Topol as the primary villain Columbo.
Octopussy (1983) -- (Original Trailer) Original trailer for the 13th outing for James Bond and Roger Moore’s sixth in the title role, in the only feature named for the Bond “girl,” in this case, Maud Adams as Octopussy, 1983, with Louis Jourdan as the villain Kamak Khan, from two Ian Fleming short stories.
View To A Kill, A (1985) -- Original Trailer Trailer for the 14th Eon Productions and MGM/UA James Bond Feature (the first to follow the independent or “unofficial” Sean Connery feature Never Say Never Again, 1983), with Roger Moore, Christopher Walken the villain (assisted by Grace Jones) and Tanya Roberts, from TV’s Charlie’s Angels, as Bond-girl Stacey.
Man With The Golden Gun, The (1974) -- (Original Trailer) A particularly literal representation of the title, in the trailer for the 9th James Bond feature, Roger Moore’s second appearance, with Christopher Lee as scary Scaramanga, and somewhat dual Bond-girls, Maud Adams and Britt Ekland, in The Man With The Golden Gun, 1974.
Live And Let Die (1973) -- (Original Trailer) Fans today might forget that Jane Seymour was “introduced” as a Bond girl in the eighth feature in the series, with Roger Moore in his first outing, and Yaphet Kotto the chief villain, with no trace in the trailer of the hit theme song by Paul & Linda McCartney and Wings, from Live And Let Die, 1973.
Miracle, The (1959) - (Original Trailer) When a 19th century nun elopes, the Virgin Mary takes her place at the convent in The Miracle (1959) starring Carroll Baker and Roger Moore.
Last Time I Saw Paris, The - (Original Trailer) A writer recalls his turbulent marriage to an expatriate heiress in The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954), starring Elizabeth Taylor.
King's Thief, The - (Original Trailer) David Niven takes a rare villainous role in the swashbuckling adventure The King's Thief (1955) co-starring George Sanders and Roger Moore.
Interrupted Melody - (Original Trailer) True story of Australian opera singer Marjorie Lawrence (Eleanor Parker) and her battle against polio. Co-starring Glenn Ford.
Crossplot - (Original Trailer) An ad man (Roger Moore) tries to help a model who's overheard an assassination plot in Crossplot (1969).
Diane - (Original Trailer) In 16th-Century France, a woman (Lana Turner) serving as advisor to King Francis I falls for his son (Roger Moore) in Diane (1956).


George Moore
Police officer.
Lillian Pope
Deborah Maria Moore
Actor. Born c. 1963; married Jeremy Green, a London-based property consultant; separated; appeared on "Days of Our Lives"; co-starred in "Into the Sun" (1992).
Geoffrey Moore
Born c. 1965.
Christian Moore
Born c. 1973.


Doorn Van Steyn
Divorced in 1953.
Dorothy Squires
Singer. Married in 1953; divorced in 1968; died of cancer on April 14, 1998 in Wales.
Luisa Mattioli
Married in 1969; separated in 1995; divorce settlement finalized in 2002; she reportedly received $15 million in exchange for promise not to write a tell-all book about their marriage.
Kristina Tholstrup
Born c . 1942; met in 1994; engaged; injured in a car accident in October 1999 in France; married on March 9, 2002 in Copenhagen, Denmark.



Made Commander of the British Empire in 1998. Moore was honored for his work with UNICEF