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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

‘James Bond’ Sir Roger Moore is dead, UNICEF mourns

The popular British film, television and stage actor, better known for his portrayal of Simon Templar in The Saint and as secret agent James Bond, Sir Roger George Moore, is dead, reports ITRealms.

He denied after a battle with cancer in hospital in Switzerland, Geneva, at the age of 89.

Sir Roger Moore, ITRealms gathered was one of UNICEF’s longest serving Goodwill Ambassadors, following his appointment on 9 August 1991, sequel to introduction to UNICEF by the late Audrey Hepburn.

For UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, with the passing of Sir Roger Moore, the world has lost one of its great champions for children – and the entire UNICEF family has lost a great friend.

ITRealms in addition reported that in his most famous roles as an actor, Sir Roger was the epitome of cool sophistication; but in his work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, he was a passionate – and highly persuasive – advocate for children. He once said that it was up to all of us to give children a more peaceful future. Together with Lady Kristina, he worked very hard to do so.  

“All of us at UNICEF extend our deepest sympathies to the Moore family, and join his many friends and admirers from around the world in paying tribute to his life and mourning his loss. He will be deeply missed,” Lake said.

ITRealms recalls that Sir Roger Moore, a Knight of British Empire (KBE), has in his first mission for UNICEF to Central America, visited projects for children in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Over the years, his work with UNICEF also took him to Brazil, Ghana, Jamaica, Indonesia, Korea, Japan, Netherlands, Kazakhstan, Slovenia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Philippines and Mexico. He brought attention to the desperate conditions facing some of the world’s most vulnerable children and was a compelling voice on issues such as children’s rights, HIV/AIDS, landmine injuries, child labour and iodine deficiency.

In November 2012 Sir Roger was presented with the first-ever UNICEF UK Lifetime Achievement Award which then became the Roger Moore Lifetime Achievement Award in celebration of his dedication to UNICEF, both as a generous fundraiser and a global advocate for children’s rights. 

On receiving the award, Sir Roger said “I am perhaps best known for my role as Bond, but my role as Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF is the one I am certainly most passionate about. It is beyond doubt that it’s the children and dedicated staff on the ground who deserve medals, but I am absolutely honored and would like to thank UNICEF for this truly humbling award.”

Late Mr. Bond who was married four times will be treated to a private funeral in France, according to family sources.

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