SEVEN-TIME JAMES BOND STAR SIR ROGER MOORE DIES AGED 89 75

The actor best known for playing the iconic role of 007 in seven James Bond films, Sir Roger Moore, has died at the age of 89.

His children Deborah, Geoffrey and Christian announced the news earlier this afternoon via the following statement:

“It is with a heavy heart that we must announce our loving father, Sir Roger Moore, has passed away today in Switzerland after a short but brave battle with cancer. The love which he was surrounded in his final days was so great it cannot be quantified in words alone.

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.

The affection our father felt whenever he walked on to a stage or in front of a camera buoyed him hugely and kept him busy working into his 90th year, through to his last appearance in November 2016 on stage at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The capacity crowd cheered him on and off stage, shaking the very foundations of the building just a short distance from where he was born.

Thank you Pops for being you, and for being so very special to so many people. Our thoughts must now turn to supporting Kristina at this difficult time, and in accordance with our father’s wishes there will be a private funeral in Monaco.”

Moore began his career as an extra in Brian Desmond Hurst’s Caesar & Cleopatra, before he set off across the Atlantic to try and break America in 1953. He succeeded and rather quickly secured roles alongside Elizabeth Taylor in The Last Time I Saw Paris and Lana Turner in Diane. 

It was however his portrayal of hero Ivanhoe in the 1950’s series – very loosely based on Sir Walter Scott’s original novel – that really had people starting to take notice of him. Other TV roles followed, but it wasn’t until he was cast as Simon Templar, AKA The Saint in a TV adaptation of Leslie Charteris’ stories, that international acclaim was finally his.

However such popularity was nothing compared to what it became when he took over from Sir Sean Connery as the now infamous 007 in 1973’s Live and Let Die. He went on to play the role a further six times, with some of his best performances coming in The Spy Who Loved Me and Octopussy. He bowed out of the role after A View to a Kill, at which time he was 57.

Away from the movies, Moore underwent an operation to treat prostate cancer in 1993 while news about his relationships, including his marriages and divorces, often made the headlines. Moore married his fourth wife, Kiki Tholstrup in 2002, at a time when he had long since focussed his time and energy to being an ambassador for UNICEF, work for which he received a CBE in 1998 and was knighted in 2003.

News of Moore’s death has seen his name trending on Twitter, where friends and fans of all ages have been expressing their condolences. You can read a few of their posts below.

Meanwhile, Jane Seymour posted a message on her Instagram:

MGM Chairman and CEO Gary Barber referred to Moore as a “beloved part of the MGM family for decades”, adding:

“His suave sophistication in his defining role as James Bond was matched only by his generosity and kindness. He bettered the lives of countless individuals around the world through his long-standing involvement with UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador. Roger will be sorely missed but always remembered, and our thoughts are with his family.”

Pinewood Studios, the filming location for all of Moore’s Bond films said:

“It is with great sadness that Pinewood learns of the passing of Sir Roger Moore, KBE. He has kept an office at the studios since 1970 and he is officially one of our longest standing residents. He joked only recently that he did still ‘make a point of coming in whenever I can to do a little light dusting and hoovering.’ Sir Roger was a force of nature and his humour and amazing spirit will be missed by all of us.”

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BRIT AWARDS 2018: JORJA SMITH TO PERFORM WITH RAG N BONE MAN 37

Jorja Smith will become the first BRITs Critics’ Choice winner to perform on The BRITs main show in the same year as winning the award.

The 2017 winner of Critics’ Choice and British Breakthrough Act, Rag’n’Bone Man invited the R&B prodigy to perform alongside him following an incredible 12 months since winning the awards. It will be the first time that two Critics’ Choice winners have performed together on The BRITs stage.

Jorja was one of the live highlights of The BRITs Nominations Launch which broadcast live on ITV1 on 13 January, stunning the audience at home and in the studio with her single ‘Let Me Down’ featuring Stormzy. Jorja will embark on a sold out UK headline tour ahead of The Awards show. 

On the announcement, Jorja said: “I can’t believe I’ll be performing at The BRIT Awards. Rag’n’Bone Man has had an incredible year and is such a crazy talent. When he asked me at the end of last year to perform I was so happy as it’s a real honour to be sharing the stage with him.” 

Rag’n’Bone Man’s debut album ‘Human’ went straight to No.1 in February, achieving the fastest selling UK male debut of the decade and selling over 2.5 million copies worldwide. 

BRITs Chairman & CEO and Chairman of Sony Music UK & Ireland Jason Iley said: “It will be an amazing moment from two incredible artists: One artist who has achieved huge success last year performing with another artist who is about to do the same this year. Jorja’s performance on the launch show was simply stunning and I cannot wait to see her perform with Rag’n’Bone Man on the main show.”

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HAYES AND JARVIS PRODUCE A NEW GUIDE TO HELP TRAVELLERS BEAT THE JANUARY BLUES 42

They say that New Year is meant to be a time for a fresh start; to let go of all the stress the past 12 months has brought us and to begin again with a relaxed mind and happy heart. However, a new study conducted by luxury worldwide holiday specialists Hayes and Jarvis has found that even the most positive of starts to a new year don’t and can’t stop us Brits from getting stressed, with a third of those questioned – 32% – saying they feel stressed on holiday due to thinking about work, and another third – 30% – admitting to having their holiday ruined because of their jobs.

The Hayes and Jarvis statistics have been released to coincide with new data from the Office of National Statistics, which revealed that around 10,890 holidays abroad were taken by UK residents in January 2017, with many believed to be an effort to beat the January blues and the third Monday of the month known as ‘Blue Monday.’

No matter where residents jet off to however, it would seem the stress of their daily lives, combined with the pressures of work, don’t disappear once they step foot on foreign or overseas soil. Instead, Brits take an average of two days to switch off completely, with 75% of those in London taking as long as four days to finally put their feet up and relax.

In an effort to help the people of the UK switch off from the stress, Hayes and Jarvis have created “The Four Pillars of Holiday Relaxation”, an expert guide to relaxing and winding while on holiday. The Four Pillars campaign focuses on four categories of well-being; physical, communication, mental and nutritional and includes helpful tips and advice from experts on how individuals can completely unwind and feel relaxed while on their break. The detailed information pack also includes a free downloadable PDF, the result of a collaboration with Mind and the British Nutritional Foundation among others, which offers 24 mindfulness tips to help combat stress on the go.

A spokesman from Hayes and Jarvis says of the campaign:

“We are a nation that often finds it hard to de-stress and unwind from our day-to-day worries, and a holiday should be the perfect time to take yourself away from this to connect with yourself, friends and loved ones. Our holidaymakers personally invest time and money into choosing a holiday that is tailor made for them as individuals with the ultimate aim of relaxing, unwinding and creating new experiences. With the help of some tips and advice from industry experts, our guide is an essential tool to help you leave the stress at home and ensure a holiday really is what it sets out to be.”