Actor Roger Moore, who played James Bond from 1973 to 1985, died today at age 89, "after a short but brave battle with cancer." The news came from his children, who posted a tribute via social media which you can read below. Moore brought suave sophistication, and a droll wit to James Bond after a decade of Sean Connery's pure machismo (and a flash of George Lazenby), and the films lightened in his presence. Some of Moore's entry's -- Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun -- are among the most fun in the series.

He earned the Bond role after lead roles in hits series The Saint and The Persuaders, and never showed regret about being so associated with 007. "Being eternally known as Bond has no downside," Moore told The Guardian. "People often call me ‘Mr Bond’ when we’re out and I don’t mind a bit. Why would I?" In his later years, Moore turned to humanitarian causes, became the Unicef goodwill ambassador and was knighted for his charity work. Roger Moore, you'll be missed. Rest in peace.

Check out a few video clips of Moore as Bond (and other roles) below.

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