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Farewell, Roger Moore: The Longest-Serving James Bond

Sir Roger Moore played 007 from 1973 until 1985. He made his debut in "Live and Let Die," and last appeared in "A View to a Kill."

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Roger Moore as James Bond in the underwater fight scene with Yaphet Kotto in the film "Live and Let Die," released in 1973.After replacing Sean Connery in the James Bond films, Moore played the infamous British spy from 1973 until 1985. He made his 007 debut in "Live and Let Die."

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Moore chases Herve Villechaize while Britt Ekland huddles against the wall with a sheet wrapped around her in a scene from "The Man With The Golden Gun," released in 1974.Moore's 12 years as action man 007, the fictitious spy with a voracious appetite for danger and sex, made Moore a millionaire and a heartthrob the world over, though in reality he was a shy, private man who found some of Bond's escapades embarrassing.

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Moore fights with Richard Kiel, as Jaws, who bites through a board in a scene from "The Spy Who Loved Me," released in 1977.Related: Sir Roger Moore, ‘James Bond’ Actor, Dies at 89 After Cancer Battle

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Moore and Emily Bolton as Manuela in "Moonraker," released in 1979.

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Moore in a scene from "For Your Eyes Only" released in 1981.Moore said he was terrified by the stunts he had to perform as Bond.

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Roger Moore, disguised as a clown, in his sixth Bond movie, "Octopussy" released in 1983. 

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Christopher Walken, left, holds Roger Moore and Tanya Roberts, second left, with the help of Grace Jones in a scene from "A View to a Kill," released in 1985.After handing over the role of Bond to Timothy Dalton, Moore went into semi-retirement, living a millionaire's life and traveling between his homes in Los Angeles, Switzerland and the south of France.He became an ambassador for UNICEF in 1991, a role he retained until his death.

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