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How Roger Moore cheated death FOUR times before losing his short battle with cancer

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Sir Roger More has died aged 89 after 'bravely' fighting a short battle with cancer .

The James Bond actor is famous for saying: "There is nothing glamorous about death."

And the 89 year old certainly had enough brushes with it to know.

From childhood tragedy to suffering prostate cancer in 1993, he showed that You Only Live Twice, unless you're Roger Moore...

Childhood illness

Roger was just five in 1932 - before antibiotics were used - when he contracted double pneumonia.

"I was too ill to be moved to a hospital," he told the Guardian .

"The doctor had said to my father, who was about 27 and my mother 25, 'I'll be round in the morning but prepare your wife. I'll be coming to sign a death certificate.'"

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But thankfully, in the night, his fever broke.

"I'd been going to Sunday school for a couple of years and my parents heard this feeble voice from my bed, saying, 'Jesus wants me for a sunbeam,'" he added.

Prostate cancer

In 1993 Roger was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

He had surgery to remove the prostate and it completely changed his outlook on life.

"It changed the way I looked at life," he said. "You will have noticed that my domestic arrangements changed after that."

Soon after he ended his marriage to his third wife Luisa Mattioli and began a relationship with Kristina Tholstrup - who he married in 2002.

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Heart problems

In 2003, he collapsed on stage while appearing in Morecambe and Wise tribute show, The Play What I Wrote, on Broadway.

He was diagnosed with a lethally slow heartbeat and had a pacemaker fitted.

"It was a matinee performance and I was dressed as Marie Antoinette escaping from the Bastille. We were doing a song and dance number," he told the Daily Mail .

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"I went to say my line at the end of the dance and then I thought: 'Where's the air gone'? I heard a bang, which was my head hitting the stage as I fell headfirst, but luckily my skull was protected by the huge wig I was wearing.

He added: "I was told I could die at any time and that I must have a life-saving cardiac pacemaker inserted the very next day."

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Pneumonia again

In 2012 suffered from a severe bout of pneumonia.

He ended up spending three weeks in hospital near Crans-Montana, the Swiss resort where he and his fourth wife spent winters.

At the time he said the illness caused him to start losing his famous hair.

"I had double pneumonia earlier this year, and a tremendous amount of antibiotics, and since then my hair has been falling out. It gradually falls out every day," he said.

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