James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore dies at 89

James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore dies at 89
Posted at 9:24 AM, May 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-23 11:20:06-04

Sir Roger Moore, the English actor best known for playing James Bond, has died after a brief battle with cancer. He was 89 years old.

Moore died Tuesday in Switzerland, according to a statement from his children Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian.

"The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a state or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year," the wrote.

"Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people."

PHOTOS: Remembering Roger Moore

Moore played the iconic spy and womanizer in seven Bond films in the 1970s and 80s, making his first appearance in 1973's "Live and Let Die." His final turn came in 1985's "A View to a Kill." 

The other Bond films starring Moore are "The Man with the Golden Gun," "The Spy Who Loved Me," "Moonraker," "For Your Eyes Only" and "Octopussy."

He also was known for his charitable work as a UNICEF Ambassador.