Ten fun facts about Roger Moore

Ten fun facts about Roger Moore

1. Legendary actor, best known for James Bond and The Saint

Roger Moore is a legendary actor, best known for his iconic roles as James Bond in the official film series from 1973 to 1985, and Simon Templar in The Saint from 1962 to 1969. His portrayal of the suave British secret agent James Bond has become iconic, and he is widely regarded as one of the best actors to have ever played the role. Moore's portrayal of Simon Templar in The Saint was also highly acclaimed, and he was praised for his ability to bring the character to life.

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2. A renowned actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Roger Moore is a renowned actor, best known for his portrayal of James Bond in seven films. He is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the charity organisation UNICEF, a role he has held since 1991. During his time as an ambassador, he has visited numerous countries to raise awareness of UNICEF's work and to promote the rights of children around the world. He has also been involved in fundraising activities, such as the 'Roger Moore Gala' in Monaco, which has raised millions of dollars for UNICEF's work.

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3. 18-year-old Roger Moore conscripted for national service

At the tender age of 18, shortly after the end of World War II, Roger Moore was conscripted for national service. This was a mandatory requirement for all British men aged 18-21 at the time, and Moore was no exception. He served in the Royal Army Service Corps, where he was trained as a truck driver and dispatch rider. During his service, he was posted to Germany, where he was stationed for two years.

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4. RADA Master

Prior to his two-year stint in the British Army, Roger Moore had a brief but impactful time at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. During his time there, he honed his craft and developed the skills that would later make him one of the most beloved actors of all time. His time at RADA was a crucial stepping stone in his career, and it was there that he learned the fundamentals of acting that would serve him for the rest of his life.

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5. Roger Moore honored with Hollywood Walk of Fame star

On 11 October 2007, Roger Moore was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in recognition of his illustrious career in television and film. The star, located at 6651 Hollywood Boulevard, was unveiled in a special ceremony attended by many of Moore's friends and colleagues, including his former James Bond co-star, Sir Sean Connery. Moore's star is a permanent reminder of his immense contribution to the entertainment industry, and a fitting tribute to his legacy.

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6. Roger Moore Appointed Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

In 2008, Roger Moore was appointed a Commander of the prestigious Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government, a recognition of his immense contribution to the world of art and literature. This honour is bestowed upon individuals who have made significant contributions to the enrichment of the French cultural inheritance, and Moore's appointment is a testament to his long and successful career in the entertainment industry.

7. Roger Moore Receives Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree

On 21 November 2012, Roger Moore was honored with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from the University of Hertfordshire. This prestigious award was bestowed upon him in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the arts, and his commitment to humanitarian causes. Moore was presented with the degree by the university's chancellor, Lord Mandelson, in a ceremony held at the university's de Havilland campus. The award was a fitting tribute to Moore's long and distinguished career in the entertainment industry, and his tireless work for charitable organizations.


8. Early Film Career

In the mid-to-late 1940s, Roger Moore made his first foray into the world of film, appearing as an extra in a number of productions. His first credited role was in the 1948 British comedy, "One Wild Oat", and he went on to appear in a variety of other films throughout the 1940s and 1950s, including "The Last Holiday" (1950) and "The Red Beret" (1953). Moore's career in film was just the beginning of a long and successful career in the entertainment industry, which would eventually lead to his iconic role as James Bond in the 1970s.

9. From Child Actor to Iconic Hollywood Actor

As a child, Roger Moore was a huge fan of Stewart Granger, the British actor who starred in films such as Scaramouche, The Prisoner of Zenda, and King Solomon's Mines. Moore was so inspired by Granger's performances that he decided to pursue a career in acting himself, eventually becoming one of the most beloved actors of his generation, starring in films such as Live and Let Die, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker.

10. Roger Moore knighted for charity work

In 2003, Roger Moore was knighted for his services to charity and the entertainment industry, being made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE). This was a significant honour, as it was only four years after he had been created a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1999. Moore was recognised for his extensive charity work, having raised millions of pounds for UNICEF and other organisations, as well as his long and successful career in the entertainment industry.

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