In the early hours of 23rd May, the death of silver screen legend Sir Roger Moore was announced by his three children - Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian - at the age of 89 following ‘a short, but brave battle with cancer’.
“With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated. We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many time 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,” said his children by third wife, Italian Luisa Mattioli, in a statement released on Twitter.
“The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year… The love with which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone.”
Their touching tribute to the man who is known around the globe as the ‘quintessential Englishman’ concluded: “Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people. Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina [Tholstrup, Moore’s fourth wife] at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father’s wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco.”
The seven times James Bond - the role’s longest serving actor in the franchise’s history - left the UK in 1978 and moved to Switzerland, later becoming a resident of Monaco. Moore reportedly met his fourth and surviving Swedish wife Kristina Tholstrup in the early 1990s at a dinner party in the principality. Following his separation from the mother of his children in 1993 and their subsequent divorce in 2000, Moore married millionaire Tholstrup in 2002 and they set-up home together in their luxury Larvotto apartment. Prince Albert II, a friend of Moore’s, formally appointed him as Goodwill Ambassador in June 2012, a title granted to those who contribute to ‘publicising and promoting the principality all over the world’.
Moore once stated: “[Monaco is] very much my home. There’s an amazing social life here—it’s a part of living in Monaco and Monte Carlo that will always be exciting.” He was often quoted complimenting Monaco’s excellent quality of life and its security.