He was the face of James Bond between 1973 and 1985, and now, famed actor Roger Moore is dead at the age of 89 after fighting cancer.

“We know our own love and admiration will be magnified many times over, across the world, by people who knew him for his films, his television shows and his passionate work for UNICEF which he considered to be his greatest achievement,” reads a tweet posted on Moore’s account by his children, Geoffrey, Christian, and Deborah.

Moore was the longest serving actor playing the role of handsome British spy.

But his career did not start there. Beginning with humble roots as an animation apprentice for a film company, he would gradually land gigs in acting.

In 1945, thanks in part to his good looks, Moore nabbed a minimal role in the movie “Vacation from Marriage.”

Later, he got a big break after moving to the United States in 1953 to play a role in a TV version of “Julius Caesar.”

You Can Watch Some of Moore’s Great Moments In This Compilation Video:

Today, Moore’s approach to playing James Bond is in stark contrast to his successors.

“I look like a comedic lover,” he said in a 2014 interview with NPR, “and Sean [Connery] in particular, and Daniel Craig now, they are killers. They look like killers. I wouldn’t like to meet Daniel Craig on a dark night if I’d said anything bad about him.”

Despite his age—and his battle with cancer—IMDB’s website says Moore was cast for a role in the 2018 animated film “Troll Hunters.

Celebrities have come out on Twitter to express their sadness over Roger’s death:

Dear Sir Roger Moore, It is indeed with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your passing this morning. You were a big…

Posted by Pierce Brosnan on Tuesday, May 23, 2017