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Evening Update 23rd May 2017

The death has taken place of Sir Roger Moore, the actor famed for his role as James Bond, and who made his home for many years in Monaco. He was 89 years of age. He died surrounded by his family, after a short but brave battle with cancer. Sir Roger was born the son to a policeman in London in 1927. After serving in the Second World War, he moved to the United States where he is best remembered for his television role as The Saint. It was in the early seventies, when he replaced Sean Connery as James Bond, that he became globally famous. He starred in seven Bond movies, starting with Live and Let Die in 1973 and ending with View to a Kill in 1985.  Roger Moore was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1998 and promoted to Knight Commander of the same order in 2003 for services UNICEF and other charities. Sir Roger always spoke fondly of his adopted home at Larvotto in Monaco. With his typical humour, he described it as the only place in the world where you can park a Bentley, without someone coming along with a key and scratching it. ​Sir Roger will be buried at a private funeral service in Monaco, in accordance with his wishes.

Prince Albert of Monaco has written to the Queen of England expressing his deep pain and sorrow on hearing of last night’s attack in Manchester. He said our ‘thoughts and prayers are with the grieving families of the innocent victims’ of this new act of violence. The town of Cannes has held a minutes silence for victims of last night’s attack, on the famed Film Festival red carpet. The fireworks display planned for tonight in Cannes, have been cancelled. The Mayor of Cannes, David Lisnar, said his heartfelt thoughts are with the families of the victims, dead or injured. Christian Estrosi, the Mayor of Nice, still hurting from last Julys terror attack, said the citys thoughts go to the families and victims. At the regional headquarters of the Alpes Maritimes, flags of Department 06 have been flying at half mast. In Manchester, police have confirmed 22 people were killed in the attack last night, including one girl of eight years of age.