Actors and celebrities are paying tribute to James Bond star Sir Roger Moore, following the news that the actor has died aged 89.
Moore’s family announced the news in a statement on Tuesday 23 May, saying, “We know our own loved and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for Unicef which he considered to be his greatest achievement.”
As the news filtered through, stars shared their tributes and memories of Moore on social media.
Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright was one of the first to share his thoughts online, saying, “My first Bond and one of the first actors that I loved as a kid. And a lovely, funny, warm person to boot.”
RIP Sir Roger Moore. My first Bond and one of the first actors that I loved as a kid. And a lovely, funny, warm person to boot. Farewell.
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) May 23, 2017
Pinewood Studios’ Twitter feed, for years the home of 007 in the UK, also posted a message of condolence. Moore once described Pinewood as his “second home”.
With great sadness Pinewood learns of the passing of Sir Roger Moore. A force of nature, his humour and spirit will be missed by all of us. pic.twitter.com/Mb1TbjFW0I
— pinewoodstudios (@PinewoodStudios) May 23, 2017
Michael Ball called Moore “my dearest uncle”, while Russell Crowe’s short but sweet message simply said, “Roger Moore, loved him”.
Roger Moore , loved him
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) May 23, 2017
My dearest uncle Roger has passed on. What a sad, sad day this is. Loved the bones of him. Generous, funny, beautiful and kind. #ROGERMOORE
— Michael Ball OBE (@mrmichaelball) May 23, 2017
Sir Roger Moore was one of Unicef’s longest serving Goodwill Ambassadors, having worked with the international charity since 1991.
Unicef executive director Anthony Lake paid tribute to his charity efforts, saying that “the world has lost one of its great champions for children – and the entire Unicef family has lost a great friend.”
He continued, “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 [his wife] Lady Kristina, he worked very hard to do so.”
The BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner called Moore also shared the news of the passing of his “friend” Moore.
Sir Roger Moore, Bond actor and a friend, has died aged 89.
— Frank Gardner (@FrankRGardner) May 23, 2017
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston called Moore “generous and kind” in a post on Twitter.
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) May 23, 2017
Boy George dubbed him “the king of cool”.
R.I.P Sir Roger Moore. He was the king of cool.
— Boy George (the truth is in your breath) (@BoyGeorge) May 23, 2017
More to follow.