: My mum instilled in me the proverb: 'I cried because I had no shoes, until I saw a man who had no feet.' Those words are always with me.
Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down.
He firstly wanted to be an artist, but got into films full time after becoming an extra in the late 1940s. Moore also served in the British military during the Second World War.
He moved to the United States in 1953. Suave, extremely handsome, and an excellent actor, he received a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His initial foray met with mixed success, with movies like Diane and Interrupted Melody.
He received his big breakthrough, at least internationally, as The Saint. The series made him a superstar and he became very successful thereafter. Moore ended his run as the Saint, and was one of the premier stars of the world, but he was not catching on in America.
In an attempt to change this, he agreed to star with Tony Curtis on ITC's The Persuaders, but although hugely popular in Europe, it did not catch on in the United States and was canceled.
He was next offered and accepted the role of James Bond, and once audiences got used to the change of style from Connery's portrayal, they also accepted him. Live and Let Die, his first Bond movie, grossed more outside of America than Diamonds Are Forever; Connery's last outing as James Bond.
He went on to star in another six Bond films, before bowing out after A View to a Kill. He was age 57 at the time the film was made and was looking a little too old for Bond.). Despite his fame from the Bond films and many others, the United States never completely took to him until he starred in The Cannonball Run alongside Burt Reynolds.
He died in Switerland at age 89.