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A STAR FOR ROGER MOORE OCTOBER 11, 2007
Bond - James Bond
Roger Moore - in his own words:
"I want to thank Johnny Grant for granting me this honor. I want to thank my wife Christine for getting me up this morning. I have had a love affair with Hollywood for many years. I have been lucky to have been able to kiss many women during my work, Elizabeth Taylor, Carol Baker and Angie Dickinson. I also worked with Clint Walker... and no I did not kiss him! Sadly, I had to retire from the Bond films. The girls were getting younger or I was just getting too old."
As you can see, Roger Moore has not lost any of his famous Bond charm or his humor or his good looks. For many he's still the best 007 ever, but although he retired from his famous agent role, his efforts for UNICEF are tireless.
Roger George Moore was born in Stockwell, south London on October 14, 1927, the son of a policeman. At 15, he entered art school with the intention of becoming a painter, and later became an apprentice at an animation studio. He delved into acting as an extra in crowd scenes in the mid 1940's. He studied at the Royal Academy of Drama.
Moore came to the U.S. in 1953, where he got a film contract with MGM, playing supporting roles in several films. His first big TV series was Ivanhoe, followed by Maverick. But it was his role as suave and debonair Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint that catapulted him to stardom. In 1973, Moore appeared in his first James Bond film Live and Let Die. He is the longest serving James Bond actor, having spent twelve years in the role.
It has been said that Moore is closer to Ian Fleming's original concept of Bond, as a disenfranchised member of the British Establishment, than Connery's more rough-and-tumble Bond. Indeed, the tone of the series changed under Moore's aegis, with the scripts being tailored to his personality. Moore made 7 Bond films retiring as 007 after A View to A Kill in 1985.
Moore has acted sporadically since that time in film and television. He also succeeded the late Audrey Hepburn in the role of Special Representative for the Film Arts for UNICEF, raising funds for children in underdeveloped countries. Roger was the first James Bond to be honored by the British government, receiving a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) award in March 1999. He was awarded a knighthood in June 2003 for his work with UNICEF.
Sir Roger Moore
This week, Moore will be hosting World Magic Awards 2007 benefiting Feed The Children. MyNetworkTV will be broadcasting the event as a two-hour special this fall.
"I have my star on Hollywood Boulevard and I want to welcome my good friend Roger Moore to Hollywood Boulevard."
Longtime friend and actor David Hedison (Live And Let Die, The Saint) once said in an interview:
"All the other films I did with Roger were totally because of him. When he read a new script and there was a part in it for me, he'd simply pick up the phone and talk to the producer or director. That's the kind of friend he was. And is!
Ruta Lee - outspoken!
"I worked with Roger on The Alaskans and I thought he was adorable but married (turns to Moore's wife Kristina) BITCH !!!" The Moore's took it with humor.
Ruta Lee is chairman of The Thalians, an organization for the treatment of mental health at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Debbie Reynolds is the president. Both have been actively involved in building this celebrity run organization for over 30 years.
LA Councilmember Tom LaBonge presents Sir Roger Moore with the official Certificate and the Walk of Fame Star plaque.
Delicious baked goods sweeten the pie...
After a funny speech (see top of page) Roger Moore poses with his new Star and is visibly proud and happy about this great honor. And soon family and friends join him and pose with him for some memorable pictures.
Below: Hollywood's Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant watches the ceremony.
Sir Roger Moore tries to arrange his family for a group shot - it's not as easy as he thought :-)
A Kiss for his beautiful wife Kristina
On March 9, 2002, Roger Moore and Kristina Tholstrup had a flamboyant wedding in Copenhagen, Denmark. He was 75, She was 60 years old and they admitted, "We are madly in love." They spend summers in Monte Carlo and winters in Switzerland, where Roger has had a residence in the picturesque mountain town Gstaad since more than 20 years.
As Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF Sir Roger Moore has been traveling the world since 1991. He speaks highly of his friends Sir Peter Ustinov and Audrey Hepburn, who both lived in Switzerland too and who he considers among the greatest UNICEF Ambassadors.
Final group pictures with friends and family mark the end of this unforgettable event.
Photographer was not on assignment - All photos taken for private use with small compact camera