PUBLISHED: 16:05, Thu, Sep 10, 2020 | UPDATED: 16:34, Thu, Sep 10, 2020
Dame Diana Rigg, who rose to fame in the TV series The Avengers, has died at the age of 82, following a battle with cancer. George Lazenby, 81, was the second person to play the fictional secret agent James Bond alongside the Game Of Thrones actress.
Taking to Instagram, the actor posted a heartbreaking tribute to his on-screen wife, as he admitted he is in tears following the news of her death.
In view of his 7,857 followers, George penned: "I'm so sad to hear of the death of Diana Rigg. She undoubtedly raised my acting game when we made On Her Majesty's Secret Service together in 1968-9.
"I remember the press conference at the Dorchester in London, knowing she was going to play my wife."
He continued: "We had fun together on the set of the movie in Switzerland and Portugal.
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James Bond star George Lazenby 'weeps' over Diana Rigg's death (Image: GETTY)
George Lazenby and Dame Diana Rigg's in the James Bond film (Image: GETTY)
"Her depth of experience really helped me. We were good friends on set."
The James Bond actor explained: "Much was made of our supposed differences but that was the Press looking for a news story.
"I was sorry to have lost my wife in the film at the end. The death of Contessa Teresa di Vincenzo Draco created a memorable cinema moment over 50 years ago."
He concluded: "As my new bride, Tracy Bond, I wept for her loss. Now, upon hearing of Dame Diana's death, I weep again. My deepest condolences for her