France honours ex-Bond star Roger Moore
British actor Roger Moore receives the Order of Arts and Letters, one of France’s highest honours.
29 October 2008
PARIS - British actor Roger Moore, who played the secret agent James Bond seven times, was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters, one of France's highest honours, at a ceremony in Paris Tuesday.
Culture Minister Christine Albanel, who presented the honour to Moore, said he was a true legend of both cinema and television.
"France is happy and proud to honour a legendary actor with an immense heart", said Albanel.
Moore first became famous in the 1960s television series “The Saint”. He also teamed up with US actor Tony Curtis in the 1970 series “The Persuaders”, in which they played rich single men with an interest in investigating crimes.
He played his first Bond film, "Live and Let Die", in 1973, replacing Sean Connery. His last one, "A View to a Kill", opened in 1985.
The 81-year-old actor was in Paris to promote his new memoir.
In addition to his acting career, Moore worked as a goodwill ambassador for the UN children's organisation UNICEF and received awards for his many years of charity work.
In England, he received a CBE from the Queen in 1999 and was knighted in 2003.
[AFP / Expatica]