29 Oct 2008

France honours ex-Bond star Roger Moore

10:36 am on 29 October 2008

British actor Roger Moore, who played secret agent James Bond seven times, has been awarded one of France's highest honours at a ceremony in Paris.

Culture Minister Christine Albanel, presented Moore with the Order of Arts and Letters on Tuesday, saying he was a true legend of both cinema and television.

Moore, 81, 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 a couple of rich playboys with a sideline in investigating crimes.

He played his first Bond film, Live and Let Die, in 1973, taking over from Sean Connery. He played his last one, A View to a Kill, in 1985.

As well as his acting career, Moore has worked as a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and received awards for charity work.

In England, he received a CBE from the Queen in 1999 and was knighted in 2003.