Roger Moore, Who Took James Bond to Space, Dies at 89

By Tariq Malik, Managing Editor | May 23, 2017 01:22pm ET
In "Moonraker" (1979), James Bond ventured in outer space to battle villian Hugo Drax. Credit: United Artists
Roger Moore, the British actor who launched James Bond into space in "Moonraker," died Tuesday (May 23) in Switzerland, according to press reports. He was 89.
Moore's death was attributed to cancer, according to the New York Times. During his prolific film career, Moore starred in seven James Bond films between 1973 and 1985, starting with "Live and Let Die" and ending with "A View to a Kill." But for space fans, it was Moore's turn as secret agent 007 in 1979's "Moonraker" that will live on in film memory. [Gallery: James Bond in Space]
In "Moonraker," Moore's Bond teams up with NASA scientist Holly Goodhead to track down a space shuttle hijacked by villain Hugo Drax, leading to a climactic battle on a space station, complete with lasers. So as a memoriam for Moore, here's a look back at some great space scenes from "Moonraker."
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Tariq Malik, Managing Editor
Tariq joined Purch's team in 2001 as a staff writer, and later editor, covering human spaceflight, exploration and space science. He became's Managing Editor in 2009. Before joining, Tariq was a staff reporter for The Los Angeles Times. He is also an Eagle Scout (yes, he has the Space Exploration merit badge) and went to Space Camp four times as a kid and a fifth time as an adult. He has journalism degrees from the University of Southern California and New York University. To see his latest project, you can follow Tariq on Google+, Twitter and on Facebook. Tariq Malik, Managing Editor on