Fellow Bond star Pierce Brosnan, who portrayed the agent in four films from 1995 to 2002, described Moore as "magnificent".
News of his death was from his children who shared the news on his verified Twitter account Tuesday that their father had died in Switzerland after a "short but fearless battle with cancer".
"Thank you Pops", they wrote, "for being you, and for being so special to so many people". I told my granddad I'd just seen James Bond and asked if we could go over so I could get his autograph.
Timothy Dalton, who took over from Sir Roger in 1987 tweeted his "condolences" to the Moore family and George Lazenby, who was Bond in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, said: "He was one of the good guys". "Blofeld might find out I was here", he said, referencing the Bond supervillain.
James Bond would wear Crocodile Dundee's Akubra? In the caption, he revealed Moore's influence on him as an actor.
In his citation, Professor Quintin McKellar, vice-chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, said: "As well as a full film career, Sir Roger began in television where he was cast in the highly successful series Ivanhoe, stepped into the role of Simon Templar in The Saint and co-starred in the TV series The Persuaders".
"In all my experience, I've never worked with a more professional, hardworking, more honest actor". One can not also forget his "Live and Let Die", "The Man with the Golden Gun", "Moonraker" and "For your Eyes only".
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But with seven appearances as the character he fondly called "Jimmy Bond", he outgunned Connery and all the other actors to have played the role.
"You were a big part of my life", Brosnan said on Instagram. He also starred on the ABC western The Alaskans and briefly replaced James Garner on Maverick.
Moore is the longest serving Bond.
But acting was never forgotten.
British actor and United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) ambassador Roger Moore, whose death was announced on Tuesday, "was one of the great champions for children", said the organisation's Executive Director Anthony Lake.
'My Grandad had no idea who James Bond or Roger Moore were, so we walked over and he popped me in front of Roger Moore, with the words, "My grandson says you're famous".
Moore is survived by his wife, Kristina Tholsrup, his daughter, Deborah, and his sons, Geoffrey and Christian.