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Roger Moore dies aged 89

The legendary Bond actor Sir Roger Moore originally trained at RADA

Sir Roger Moore
© Allan Warren

Legendary Bond actor Sir Roger Moore has passed away at the age of 89.

The performer, who made his name on the big and small screen, starred in seven Bond films between 1973 and 1985. He was the third actor to play James Bond.

His family confirmed his death on Twitter, saying he had died after a short battle with cancer.

Moore was born in Stockwell in London and trained for two terms at RADA, but left the school in favour of paid employment.

He starred in TV series The Saint between 1962 and 1969. He was due to star in the original cast of Aspects of Love on stage in the 1989, but dropped out because he was unable to cope with the technical side of singing. Kevin Colson, his understudy for the part of George, took over.

Over the years, the actor has also starred in films such as Gold, The Wild Geese and took on a cameo in Curse of the Pink Panther in 1983.

Moore was awarded the CBE in 1999 and was given a knighthood in 2003. He worked for charity as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

Fans and co-stars took to social media to pay tribute to the star.