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Sir Roger Moore Dead: 'James Bond' Actors Sean Connery And Daniel Craig Pay Tribute

'Nobody does it better.'

24/05/2017 08:33 BST

‘James Bond’ stars past and present have paid their respects to Sir Roger Moore, who played 007 in seven films across his career.

On Tuesday (23 May), the British star’s family released a statement confirming that he had died at the age of 89, following what they described as a “short but brave battle” with cancer.

In the wake of the news, a number of the actors who also played the role of James Bond have shared their own memories of Sir Roger, who appeared in the likes of ‘The Man With The Golden Gun’, ‘Live And Let Die’ and ‘For Your Eyes Only’.

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Sean Connery, who originated the role of James Bond on the big screen in ‘Dr No’, reflected on his personal friendship with Sir Roger, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “I was very sad to hear of Roger’s passing.

“We had an unusually long relationship by Hollywood standards, that was filled with jokes and laughter, I will miss him.”

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Sean Connery and Roger Moore at a golf tournament in 1991

Since then, contemporary ‘Bond’ stars Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig have also paid their respects, with the former sharing a photo of himself with Sir Roger on Instagram.

He wrote: “You were a big part of my life… you were a magnificent James Bond and one that lead the way for me, the world will miss you and your unique sense of humor for years to come. My sincerest condolences to your family and children.”

Daniel has since posted his own short tribute on the official ‘James Bond’ Twitter account, writing simply: “Nobody Does It Better - love Daniel.”

Among the stars to pay tribute shortly after the news broke of his death were fellow actors Russell Crowe and Sir Michael Caine, as well as Duran Duran and Sir Paul McCartney, both of whom contributed ‘Bond’ themes to films starring Sir Roger.

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