Bond star Sir Roger Moore has paid tribute to his former onscreen nemesis Richard Kiel, hailing him as "a marvellous man".

The towering actor terrorised 007 - and viewers - as ruthless, steel-toothed killer Jaws opposite Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker, winning an army of fans among the Bond faithful.

Kiel passed away aged 74 on Wednesday (10Sep14) just days after he was admitted to hospital in Fresno, California, and now Moore - who spoke to his old pal by phone a week before the tragedy - has lavished praise on the gentle giant, who stood at more than seven-foot (2.1-metres) tall.

He tells Sky News, "He was one of the loveliest and - I know it sounds ridiculous - sweetest men. He was very kind... He was a very bright man. He looked extraordinary and you wouldn't think at first glance that this was one hell of a brain. He was a marvellous, warm, warm-hearted man... He was a big man with an even bigger heart."

No further details of Kiel's death have been released.