Roger Moore: 'Illness played a great and unwelcome role' in star's life before death
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The star, who appeared in six James Bond films during the period of 1973 to 1985 passed away after a short battle with cancer, but this was not the only medical condition he battled in his 89 years. Even in his book My Word is My Bond Moore reportedly wrote: “Illness played a great – and unwelcome – role in my early life,” which referred to the mumps and severe sore throat he suffered all before he had reached adulthood. From there Moore was told by medical professionals that he could “die at any time" after suffering from kidney stones, warts, shingles, skin cancer and heart problems.
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In a candid interview close to his 81st birthday, Moore thanked 18 doctors who were “just half of the number who kept [him] going” throughout the years.
Being open about his numerous ailments, the star also stated that it was hard to distinguish whether the hypochondria that “flows through my veins” started before the string near-death experiences that have punctuated his life.
“I believe it is better to be prepared for illness than to wait for a cure," he declared during the interview. “And you certainly save on hospital beds that way.”
The star’s first scrape with death was at the tender age of five, when he contracted pneumonia, an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs causing a cough with phlegm.
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