Actor behind iconic James Bond train scenes dies

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LONDON — Sir Roger Moore, the English actor who played secret agent James Bond in seven different films, died this week in Switzerland at the age of 89. The BBC reports the actor died following a brief battle with cancer.

While film fans will remember Moore for his roles in “Live and Let Die” and “A View to a Kill,” railroad enthusiasts will remember him for a number a railroad-related scenes he starred in, including one with a circus train in the 1983 film, “Octopussy.” In that scene, which was filmed on England’s Nene Valley Railway, Moore’s Bond character snuck onto a train to disarm a nuclear weapon. While Bond has spent plenty of time fighting bad guys on the roofs of moving trains, the scene from Octopussy is hailed by some as one of the best.

Of the many men who have played Bond, Moore has perhaps spent the most time riding the rails, having also defeated evil doers aboard trains in “Live and Let Die”  (1973) which featured a fight sequence in a sleeping car and exterior shots of a Santa Fe streamlined passenger car. In the “Spy Who Loved Me" (1977) Moore as Bond fights with arch-villain, Jaws. The two also meet in another fight sequence on Swiss cable cars in "Moonraker" (1979).

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