By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Luisa Mattiollo, third wife of James Bond star, Sir Roger, is reportedly dead at the age of 85.
The Italian actress’ demise was confirmed by family members, who say the film and TV star had been “ill for some time”.
Her oldest son, Geoffrey, Mayfair restaurateur said: “Sadly, I can confirm it is the case” from her home in Switzerland, where Luisa was reportedly living at the time of her death.
Sir Roger and Mattiollo met on the set of the 1962 Italian adventure comedy Romulus and the Sabines and are married for 24 years and had three children together.
They separated in 1993, and it was made Official in 2002 after the legally divorced Roger went for his estranged wife’s best friend Swedish-born Danish socialite Kristina ‘Kiki’ Tholstrup.
They had worked together in the 1961 peplum film The Rape of the Sabines . In the “Hollywood sul Tevere” that gravitated around the Cinecittà factories and Via Veneto , the couple was a notable reference for what was the golden moment of the Roman “dolce vita”.
At that time, however, Moore was still married to singer Dorothy Squires, his second wife and, although they had been together for some time, only when he divorced her was the actor able to marry Mattioli.
The wedding was celebrated on April 11, 1969 in London .
Three children were born from the marriage: Deborah Maria Luisa (born in London in 1963), who was an actress in two minor roles in the James Bond films ; Geoffrey (born 1966), who became an actor and film producer as well as manager of a restaurant in London; Christian (born 1973), who is also a producer by profession.
Mattioli and Moore then separated in 1993 and finally divorced in 2002.
Following the news of her demise, Jonathan Sothcott, a film producer wrote on Twitter : “We are very sad to hear that Luisa Moore (Luisa Mattioli) has passed away. Mother of our dear friends Geoffrey & Deborah. A glamorous, formidable lady & a wonderful mum. RIP. All our love, Jonathan & @JanineNerissa.”