We take a look at his career and some of the cars that joined him on screen

Sir Roger Moore, a British actor best known for his portrayal of 007 in seven James Bond films, passed away after a “short but brave battle with cancer,” according to his family who announced the news via Twitter on Tuesday. He was 89 years old. While admittedly shy in his private life, Moore’s depiction of the famously debonair secret agent earned him international acclaim, with noteworthy films including “Moonraker”, “The Man With The Golden Gun”, “Octopussy”, and “The Spy Who Loved Me”. Prior to his big screen success, Moore’s big break came in 1962 with the television show “The Saint”. After retiring from acting, Moore became an ambassador for UNICEF. Actors, composers, friends and relatives reacted to the news with an outpouring of condolences and tributes. Moore is survived by his wife, Swedish-born Kristina Tholstrup, and his three children, Geoffrey, Christian, and Deborah.

Gearheads will likely remember Moore for his various stints behind the wheel of some of the most desirable automobiles on film and TV. Read on for a little info on the cars that Moore drove.

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Lotus Esprit Submarine – “The Spy Who Loved Me”

It ain’t easy shaking a helicopter, even if you’re James Bond behind the wheel of a Lotus. Luckily, this isn’t your run-of-the-mill Esprit – just head for the nearest body of water, and engage amphibious mode to make a clean getaway. Don’t forget the onboard missiles.

AMC Hornet – “The Man With The Golden Gun”

When your ride doesn’t double as a sub, you gotta find other options. Like doing a barrel roll across a broken bridge. Watch as 007 spins the Hornet in this awesome stunt, just don’t mind the terrible sound effect that accompanies it…

Volvo P1800 Coupe – “The Saint”

Of course, 007 isn’t the only Moore character capable of a little automotive theatrics. There was a bit of tire burning in “The Saint” as well, as evidenced by this chase scene through London pitting a Volvo P1800 against a Ford Zephyr.

Aston Martin DBS – “The Persuaders!”

While most commonly associated with the escapades of James Bond, you can also find Astons in Moore’s early career, such as in the show “The Persuaders!”, in which Moore played the part of Lord Sinclair. The yellow DBS that Moore drove during filming eventually sold for an astounding 533,000 pounds at auction, or $691,194 at current exchange rates (05/23/2017).

Source: Reuters

Main Image Credit: By Allan warren (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

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