58 Facts About Roger Moore

1. Roger Moore made his Bond debut in 1973 in Live and Let Die, and is well-known for Octopussy and The Man with the Golden Gun.

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2. In 2002, Roger Moore married a fourth and final time to Swedish socialite, Kristina Tholstrup.

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3. Roger Moore studied painting before his interest for acting grew, eventually leading him to enroll at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he was classmates with his future co-star Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny.

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4. In 2002, Roger Moore married Kristina Tholstrup, his fourth wife, and none of his children attended the wedding.

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5. Roger Moore spoke out against animal cruelty, when he helped PETA produce a video about the production and wholesale of foie gras, according to the Independent.

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6. Roger Moore was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003, for his charitable work.

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7. In 1991, Roger Moore became a UNICEF goodwill ambassador, and he helped raise more than $90 million for a worldwide campaign to eliminate iodine deficiency, according to The Washington Post.

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8. Roger Moore used to drive around in a classic Renault 5, according to ClassicCarsForSale.

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9. In 1970, Roger Moore made $1 million for doing commercials for James Hanson and Baron Hanson of Hanson Industries.

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10. Roger Moore made $1 million for each of his first three Bond movies.

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11. Roger Moore was honored numerous times: in 1999 he was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and was knighted in 2003.

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12. Roger Moore ended up contracted by MGM for $250 a week and soon appeared in his first big role in The Last Time I Saw Paris.

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13. Roger Moore dropped out of school when he was 15 and went to work for Publicity Picture Productions, a London film company, where he became an animation apprentice.

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14. Roger Moore was born in London, England, on October 14, 1927, to a policeman father and a housewife mother.

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15. Roger Moore took over the role of Bond from Sean Connery in 1972, and made his first appearance as 007 in Live and Let Die.

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16. At the age of 17 Roger Moore appeared as an extra in the film Caesar and Cleopatra, meeting his idol on the set.

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17. Roger Moore chose to leave RADA after six months in order to seek paid employment as an actor.

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18. Roger Moore studied for two terms at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, during which his fees were paid by film director Brian Desmond Hurst, who used Moore as an extra in his film Trottie True.

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19. Roger Moore bested four opponents in the sheriff's race of 2006, including Elbert Holman, who would go on to serve for a decade on the Stockton City Council.

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20. In 1992, during a period of budget cuts, Roger Moore served as a deputy after a previous promotion to lieutenant.

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21. On 21 November 2012, Roger Moore was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Hertfordshire for his outstanding contributions to the UK film and television industry for over 50 years, in particular film and television productions in Hertfordshire.

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22. Roger Moore said that the citation "meant far more to me than if I had got it for acting.

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23. Roger Moore was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 1999 New Year Honours and was promoted to Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 2003 Birthday Honours for charitable services, especially UNICEF and latterly Kiwanis International, which had dominated his public life for more than a decade.

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24. Roger Moore spoke of his recollections at the princess's memorial service at the English Church in Stockholm, on 8 September 2013.

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25. Roger Moore had a long-standing friendship with Princess Lilian of Sweden, whom he first met on a visit to Stockholm for UNICEF.

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26. Roger Moore had friendships with some of Denmark's royal family; Prince Joachim and his then-wife Alexandra, Countess of Frederiksborg invited Moore and his wife Kiki to attend the christening of their youngest son, Prince Felix.

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27. Roger Moore died in his home in Crans-Montana, in the presence of his family.

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28. In 2003, Roger Moore collapsed on stage while appearing on Broadway, and was fitted with a pacemaker to treat a potentially deadly slow heartbeat.

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29. Roger Moore was a long-term sufferer of kidney stones and needed to be hospitalised during the making of Live and Let Die in 1973 and again while filming the 1979 film Moonraker.

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30. Roger Moore said in 2011 that his decision to live abroad was "not about tax.

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31. Roger Moore was scathing of the Russian population in Monaco, saying, "I'm afraid we're overstuffed with Russians.

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32. Roger Moore became a resident of Monaco, having been appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of Monaco by Prince Albert II for his efforts in internationally promoting and publicising the principality.

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33. Roger Moore became a tax exile from the United Kingdom in 1978, originally to Switzerland, and divided his year between his three homes: an apartment in Monte Carlo, Monaco; a chalet in Crans-Montana, Switzerland; and a home in the south of France.

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34. Roger Moore was involved in the production of a video for PETA that protests against the production and wholesale of foie gras.

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35. In 2015, Roger Moore was named one of GQ's 50 best-dressed British men.

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36. In 2009, Roger Moore appeared in an advertisements for the Post Office, he played the role of a secret agent in the Victoria Wood Christmas Special on BBC1 show over the festive period in the same year.

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37. Roger Moore was the oldest actor to have played Bond—he was 45 in Live and Let Die, and 58 when he announced his retirement on 3 December 1985.

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38. Roger Moore made a cameo as Chief Inspector Clouseau, posing as a famous movie star, in Curse of the Pink Panther (for which he was credited as "Turk Thrust II").

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39. Roger Moore returned for his fifth outing as Bond in For Your Eyes Only.

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40. Roger Moore was in two all-star comedies: 'Sunday Lovers' which flopped at the box office and The Cannonball Run (1981) which was a hit.

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41. Roger Moore returned for a third outing as Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me, which was a massive box office success.

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42. Roger Moore was paid US$200,000 plus a percentage of the profits.

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43. In 2004, Roger Moore said of The Man Who Haunted Himself: "It was one of the few times I was allowed to act.

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44. Roger Moore joked that the role was supposed to have been meant for Sean Connery, who was unavailable.

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45. Roger Moore said in an interview in 1963 that he wanted to buy the rights to Leslie Charteris's character and the trademarks.

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46. Roger Moore went to Italy to make Romulus and the Sabines.

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47. Roger Moore was still under contract with Warners who put him in The Sins of Rachel Cade, making love to a nun played by Angie Dickinson, and Gold of the Seven Saints, supporting Clint Walker.

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48. Roger Moore had filmed a Maverick episode with Garner two seasons earlier in which Moore played a different character in a retooling of Richard Brinsley Sheridan's 1775 comedy of manners play entitled "The Rivals".

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49. Roger Moore appeared in Interrupted Melody, a biographical movie about opera singer Marjorie Lawrence's recovery from polio, in which he was billed third under Glenn Ford and Eleanor Parker as Lawrence's brother Cyril.

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50. Roger Moore was in adaptations of Julius Caesar and Black Chiffon and in two episodes of Robert Montgomery Presents.

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51. Roger Moore travelled to the United States and began to work in television.

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52. Roger Moore had a small role in TV in A House in the Square then had uncredited parts in films including Paper Orchid, Trottie True and The Interrupted Journey.

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53. Roger Moore was an officer in the Combined Services Entertainment section and eventually became a captain, commanding a small depot in West Germany.

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54. Roger Moore spent three terms at RADA, where he was a classmate of his future Bond co-star Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny.

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55. Roger Moore was the only child of George Alfred Moore, a policeman, and Lillian "Lily" (Pope).

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56. Roger Moore was born on 14 October 1927 in Stockwell, London.

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57. Roger Moore took over the role of Bond from Sean Connery in 1972, made his first appearance as 007 in Live and Let Die, and went on to portray the spy in six more films until his retirement from the role in 1985.

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58. Roger Moore is best known for having played Ian Fleming's fictional British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films from 1973 to 1985.

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