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Roger Moore (1927-2017): The longest-serving James Bond

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British actor Roger Moore, playing the title role of secret service agent 007, James Bond, is shown on location in England in 1972. Moore, played Bond in seven films, more than any other actor. (Image: AP)<br><br> The former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer.

British actor Roger Moore, playing the title role of secret service agent 007, James Bond, is shown on location in England in 1972. Moore, played Bond in seven films, more than any other actor. (Image: AP)

The former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer.

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 August 17 1984:  Film star Roger Moore (James Bond) and the Bond Girls from the film 'View to a Kill' directed by John Glen. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images)

August 17 1984: Film star Roger Moore (James Bond) and the Bond Girls from the film 'View to a Kill' directed by John Glen. (Photo by Larry Ellis/Express/Getty Images)

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 4th November 1971: British actor Roger Moore receives kisses from Miss United Kingdom, Marilyn Ann Ward (left), and Miss United States, Brucene Smith, after presenting them with gifts of perfume during a reception for the 'Miss World' finalists at the Savoy Hotel in London. (Image: Getty Images)

4th November 1971: British actor Roger Moore receives kisses from Miss United Kingdom, Marilyn Ann Ward (left), and Miss United States, Brucene Smith, after presenting them with gifts of perfume during a reception for the 'Miss World' finalists at the Savoy Hotel in London. (Image: Getty Images)

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 December 19, 1957: Roger Moore kissing his wife, Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (1918 - 1998) outside their home in Bexley Heath, London.  (Image: Keystone Features/Getty Images)

December 19, 1957: Roger Moore kissing his wife, Welsh singer Dorothy Squires (1918 - 1998) outside their home in Bexley Heath, London. (Image: Keystone Features/Getty Images)

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 July 17, 1968:  English film star Roger Moore, well known for his roles as James Bond and the Saint. (Image: BIPs/Getty Images)

July 17, 1968: English film star Roger Moore, well known for his roles as James Bond and the Saint. (Image: BIPs/Getty Images)

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 English actor Roger Moore and his wife, Italian actress Luisa Mattioli, on their honeymoon in Cannes, France, April 17, 1969. (Image: Getty Images)

English actor Roger Moore and his wife, Italian actress Luisa Mattioli, on their honeymoon in Cannes, France, April 17, 1969. (Image: Getty Images)

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This is a May 1968 file photo of British actor Roger Moore of 'The Saint' and James Bond fame. Roger Moore's family said Tuesday May 23, 2017 that the former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer. (Image: AP)

This is a May 1968 file photo of British actor Roger Moore of 'The Saint' and James Bond fame. Roger Moore's family said Tuesday May 23, 2017 that the former James Bond star has died after a short battle with cancer. (Image: AP)

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September 3, 1976: Actors Roger Moore and Barbara Bach during the filming of 'The Spy Who Loved Me', in which they play James Bond and Major Anya Amasova. (Image: Getty Images)

September 3, 1976: Actors Roger Moore and Barbara Bach during the filming of 'The Spy Who Loved Me', in which they play James Bond and Major Anya Amasova. (Image: Getty Images)

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 circa 1955: British film star Roger Moore wearing a grey tank top in his modelling days, before he found fame as The Saint and James Bond. (Image: Getty Images)

circa 1955: British film star Roger Moore wearing a grey tank top in his modelling days, before he found fame as The Saint and James Bond. (Image: Getty Images)

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January 13, 1953: Roger Moore and Jennifer Haking smile for the camera. (Image: Getty Images)

January 13, 1953: Roger Moore and Jennifer Haking smile for the camera. (Image: Getty Images)

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 circa 1955: A young Roger Moore poses as a military man meeting his lovely date for a night on the town. (Image: Getty Images)

circa 1955: A young Roger Moore poses as a military man meeting his lovely date for a night on the town. (Image: Getty Images)

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 1958: British actor Roger Moore, later famed for his portrayals of The Saint and James Bond, stars as Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe in a television remake of Walter Scott's classic novel 'Ivanhoe'. (Image: Getty Images)

1958: British actor Roger Moore, later famed for his portrayals of The Saint and James Bond, stars as Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe in a television remake of Walter Scott's classic novel 'Ivanhoe'. (Image: Getty Images)

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July 17, 1968: British actor Roger Moore, recently voted as West Germany's most popular TV personality for his role as Simon Templar in 'The Saint'. (Image: Getty Images)

July 17, 1968: British actor Roger Moore, recently voted as West Germany's most popular TV personality for his role as Simon Templar in 'The Saint'. (Image: Getty Images)

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 November 1, 1968: English actor Roger Moore is Gary Fenn in 'Crossplot', a thriller directed by Alvin Rakoff. (Image: Getty Images)

November 1, 1968: English actor Roger Moore is Gary Fenn in 'Crossplot', a thriller directed by Alvin Rakoff. (Image: Getty Images)

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September 27, 1968: English actor Roger Moore filming in the grounds of Woburn Abbey with his Italian co-star, Claudie Lange, for the film 'Crossplot'. (Image: Getty Images)

September 27, 1968: English actor Roger Moore filming in the grounds of Woburn Abbey with his Italian co-star, Claudie Lange, for the film 'Crossplot'. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Italian actress Luisa Mattioli and English actor Roger Moore outside Caxton Hall, London, after their wedding ceremony, 11th April 1969. (Image: Getty Images)

Italian actress Luisa Mattioli and English actor Roger Moore outside Caxton Hall, London, after their wedding ceremony, 11th April 1969. (Image: Getty Images)

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 1972: British actor Roger Moore sports a coiffured hairdo as Lord Brett Sinclair in the 70s television series 'The Persuaders'. Next to him is German actress Catherine Schell, who plays his wife in the episode entitled 'The Morning After'. (Image: Getty Images)

1972: British actor Roger Moore sports a coiffured hairdo as Lord Brett Sinclair in the 70s television series 'The Persuaders'. Next to him is German actress Catherine Schell, who plays his wife in the episode entitled 'The Morning After'. (Image: Getty Images)

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 circa 1970: English film star Roger Moore, best known for his roles as James Bond and The Saint. (Image: Getty Images)

circa 1970: English film star Roger Moore, best known for his roles as James Bond and The Saint. (Image: Getty Images)

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 English actor Roger Moore on set during filming of the TV series 'The Persuaders!', circa 1972. (Image: Getty Images)

English actor Roger Moore on set during filming of the TV series 'The Persuaders!', circa 1972. (Image: Getty Images)

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 10th August 1972: British film and television actor Roger Moore. (Image: Getty Images)

10th August 1972: British film and television actor Roger Moore. (Image: Getty Images)

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 1973: British actor Roger Moore filming the new James Bond adventure 'Live and Let Die'. (Image: Getty Images)

1973: British actor Roger Moore filming the new James Bond adventure 'Live and Let Die'. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Swedish actress Britt Ekland attends a reception at the Cleremont Hotel in London with Roger Moore. They both star in the new James Bond film 'The Man with the Golden Gun'. (Image: Getty Images)

Swedish actress Britt Ekland attends a reception at the Cleremont Hotel in London with Roger Moore. They both star in the new James Bond film 'The Man with the Golden Gun'. (Image: Getty Images)

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 English actor Roger Moore with his wife Luisa Mattioli and their children at London Airport, UK, January 16, 1971. Their daughter Deborah (pictured) later became an actress. (Image: Getty Images)

English actor Roger Moore with his wife Luisa Mattioli and their children at London Airport, UK, January 16, 1971. Their daughter Deborah (pictured) later became an actress. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Actors Barbara Bach and Roger Moore, stars of the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me', at Pinewood, UK, 1977. (Image: Getty Images)

Actors Barbara Bach and Roger Moore, stars of the James Bond film 'The Spy Who Loved Me', at Pinewood, UK, 1977. (Image: Getty Images)

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 Irish actress Alison Doody, British actress Fiona Fullerton, British actor Roger Moore and US actress Tanya Roberts pose for a group portrait at Pinewood Studios in London, in Iver Heath, England, United Kingdom, 1985. The four actors were at the studios to shoot the new James Bond film, 'A View To A Kill'. (Image: Getty Images)

Irish actress Alison Doody, British actress Fiona Fullerton, British actor Roger Moore and US actress Tanya Roberts pose for a group portrait at Pinewood Studios in London, in Iver Heath, England, United Kingdom, 1985. The four actors were at the studios to shoot the new James Bond film, 'A View To A Kill'. (Image: Getty Images)

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This is a July 8, 1968 file photo of British actor Roger Moore as he poses with Spain's most prized award, the Don Quixote Award, which was presented to him at the Spanish Embassy in London, The award, an equivalent to Hollywood's Oscar, was awarded to him for his role in the British series 'The Saint,' one of the most popular shows on Spanish TV. (Image: AP)

This is a July 8, 1968 file photo of British actor Roger Moore as he poses with Spain's most prized award, the Don Quixote Award, which was presented to him at the Spanish Embassy in London, The award, an equivalent to Hollywood's Oscar, was awarded to him for his role in the British series 'The Saint,' one of the most popular shows on Spanish TV. (Image: AP)

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This is a April 22, 1996 file photo of veteran British actor Roger Moore, poses for a portrait, in the Studio City section of Los Angeles. (Image: AP)

This is a April 22, 1996 file photo of veteran British actor Roger Moore, poses for a portrait, in the Studio City section of Los Angeles. (Image: AP)

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In this Sunday, November 17, 1996 file photo, three of the actors who played James Bond, Timothy Dalton left, Roger Moore, center, and Pierce Brosnan, at a London cinema to celebrate the life of Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, the American film producer behind seventeen Bond movies. In total, six actors have portrayed Bond officially. The film 'Spectre' with Daniel Craig as 007 is the 24th in the series. (Image: AP)

In this Sunday, November 17, 1996 file photo, three of the actors who played James Bond, Timothy Dalton left, Roger Moore, center, and Pierce Brosnan, at a London cinema to celebrate the life of Albert R. 'Cubby' Broccoli, the American film producer behind seventeen Bond movies. In total, six actors have portrayed Bond officially. The film 'Spectre' with Daniel Craig as 007 is the 24th in the series. (Image: AP)

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 In this May 20, 1977 file photo, actor Roger Moore, alias British secret agent James Bond, is accompanied by co-star Barbara Bach as they arrive for the screening of their latest 007 feature, 'The Spy Who Loved Me,' during the Cannes Film Festival at the French Riviera. Moore, played Bond in seven films, more than any other actor. (Image: AP)

In this May 20, 1977 file photo, actor Roger Moore, alias British secret agent James Bond, is accompanied by co-star Barbara Bach as they arrive for the screening of their latest 007 feature, 'The Spy Who Loved Me,' during the Cannes Film Festival at the French Riviera. Moore, played Bond in seven films, more than any other actor. (Image: AP)

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