Saturday 20 January 2018

McGregor leads warm tributes from fellow actors

Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor

Francesa Gosling

Ewan McGregor has led tributes to fellow actor and Unicef ambassador Roger Moore, who has died at the age of 89.

The James Bond star, who famously portrayed 007 in seven films, died yesterday following a short battle with cancer.

But while Moore was best known by most for his role as the debonair agent, 'Trainspotting' star McGregor thanked him for his dedication to charity.

He said in a statement: "Thank you, Roger for having championed so tirelessly the rights of all children for the last 26 years. You introduced me to Unicef over a decade ago and have been an inspiration to all of us.

"You've shown that we all have the power to make a change to the lives of the most vulnerable children."

His sentiments were echoed by the charity's executive director, Tony Lake, who commented on Twitter: "With the passing of @sirrogermoore, the world has lost one of its great champions for children."

Actress Jane Seymour said: "I am devastated to learn of Roger Moore's passing. The first leading role I ever had as a Bond girl was such a new and frightening world and Roger held my hand and guided me through every process. He taught me about work ethic and humility.

"He was so funny, kind and thoughtful to everyone around him and in that Roger taught me what a movie star really was and should be.

"Through his lifelong work with Unicef he showed me the true meaning of being a humanitarian and giving back. He was my Bond."

Singer Boy George was among the wave of stars to share tributes on Twitter, posting: "R.I.P Sir Roger Moore. He was the king of cool."

"My dearest uncle Roger has passed on," wrote singer Michael Ball. "What a sad, sad day this is. Loved the bones of him. Generous, funny, beautiful and kind. #ROGERMOORE."

In the US, 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston shared a photo of the pair together and said on Twitter: "Saddened @sirrogermoore passed today. Had a great chat about acting & life 6 mo. ago. Generous and kind. RIP Mr. Bond."

Actress Robbin Young, who starred in Moore's 1981 Bond instalment 'For Your Eyes Only', posted: "My (heart) Aches. R.I.P. Roger Moore."

Meanwhile, some of the UK's leading film institutes were among the first to share their tributes following the news.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) tweeted a photograph of Moore with Bond predecessor Sean Connery and Michael Caine and wrote: "We're saddened to learn that Sir Roger Moore has passed away."

Irish Independent

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