Scoop: Remembering the lighter Bond, Sir Roger Moore

The world is remembering Sir Roger Moore — who played James Bond as many times as Sean Connery did — with fondness.

“He was my Bond,” said Jane Seymour, who played a Bond girl in 1973’s “Live and Let Die,” Moore’s first of seven turns in the beloved role based on a spy created by Ian Fleming.

The actor’s family confirmed Tuesday that he died at 89 after “a short but brave battle with cancer.”

Other Bonds also chimed in: Daniel Craig said “Nobody does it better” on social media, and Pierce Brosnan wrote: You were a big part of my life, from ‘The Saint’ to James Bond, a magnificent James Bond and one that led the way for me,” and George Lazenby told a British newspaper, “He was one of the good guys.”

Moore — the oldest to play Bond — himself said of the part: “Being eternally known as Bond has no downside. People often call me ‘Mr Bond’ when we’re out and I don’t mind a bit. Why would I?” and of his acting technique: “You just have to look at the lines, say them, and don’t bump into the furniture,” the BBC reported.

As for his interpretation: “I came into it after it was very well-established and, obviously, I couldn’t play it in the same way so I had to have a different approach. And I am a lighter sort of actor than Sean,” he said.

Moore also appeared on TV’s “The Persuaders” and “The Saint” and was known for humanitarian work. He was introduced to UNICEF by the late Audrey Hepburn and became a goodwill ambassador in 1991. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

MILK IN THE CASTRO

Castro Merchants are honoring LGBT rights icon Harvey Milk during the second annual Windows for Harvey, in which very cool art dedicated to (and reflecting) the late great activist’s life (his birthday was May 22) is gracing storefronts through May 31.

Participating artists include Elliott C. Nathan, Jun Yang, Sylvie Guillot, Eva Silverman, Billy Douglas, Danyol Leon, Joel King, Seth Shubin (aka Veruca Bathsalts), Jessica Presley-Grusin, Juanita MORE!, Robin Malone Simmons and Elaine Denham, Adam Ansell, Jeffrey Burke Whitten, Jason Mecier, Aviva Kanoff, Peaches Christ Productions and students from Harvey Milk Civil Rights Academy.

Spark Arts is hosting a free closing reception from 6 to 9 p.m. June 1.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Rapper G-Eazy is 28. … Singer Billy Gilman is 29. … Dancer Mark Ballas is 31. … Novelist Michael Chabon is 54. … Actress Kristin Scott Thomas is 57. … Singer Rosanne Cash is 62. … Actor Alfred Molina is 64. … Actor Jim Broadbent is 68. … Actress Priscilla Presley is 72. … Singer Patti LaBelle is 73. ,,, Actor Gary Burghoff is 74. … Musician Bob Dylan is 76. … Comedian Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong is 79.

— Staff, wire reports

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