NO ONE KNOWS MORE ABOUT Bonding than Roger Moore, who played Agent 007 in seven movies between 1973 and '85—and who has been married to his third wife, Luisa, for 26 years. So last June, when the 67-year-old actor described rumors of an extramarital liaison as a "vicious and bloody lie," his denials seemed credible. But then came photos of Moore and a Danish socialite in the Alpine resort of Zermatt, Switzerland—followed on Jan. 6 by a joint statement from the Moores' attorneys. "Our clients are living apart," it said, "and [discussing] their matrimonial affairs." One of Moore's pals, the four-times-married Tony Curtis, 69, says he's not surprised by the split, observing sagely, "Marriage is difficult." The couple's children are not so philosophical. "This lady has been trying [to get] my dad for quite a while," said Moore's son Geoffrey, 28, who, with siblings Deborah, 31, and Christian, 21, still holds out hope that his parents will reconcile. "I never liked her."

The woman in question is Christina "Kiki" Tholstrup, 53, the Moores' longtime neighbor in the French Riviera town of Saint Paul de Vence. Moore began spending time alone at his estate there after he was operated on for prostate cancer in 1993 and, as his wife said a year later, "wanted a little time by himself." Tholstrup—a breast-cancer survivor who has been a widow since her husband, Ole, a millionaire industrialist, died of a heart attack in 1991—was apparently a sympathetic friend. "My mother is a wonderful person who naturally attracts people to her," Tholstrup's 25-year-old daughter, also named Christina, said in London's Daily Mirror. "She has no enemies." None, perhaps, except her former neighbor Luisa. "She's not the person I'd like to see with my husband," Mrs. Moore told the British tabloids. "Their mentalities are different."

As much as anyone, Luisa knows that the man who starred as TV's the Saint from 1963 to '69 never really was one. She met Moore in 1961, when he was married to singer Dorothy Squires, and bore Deborah and Geoffrey out of wedlock. As recently as November, Luisa's official position was, "I still love Roger." But last month she said there's "no point feeling bitter. We've split up, and I have to accept it. I hope it's a good year for me. It's got to be better than 1994."