Published on May 24th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Remembering Sir Roger Moore
Yesterday the actor Sir Roger Moore died aged 89. Most famous for playing James Bond during the Seventies and Eighties, he also worked as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for over 25 years.
Prior to taking over from Sean Connery in the role of James Bond, Roger Moore was already a household name. During the 1960s he played the lead role of Simon Templar in the TV series The Saint. He followed this co-starring with Tony Curtis in The Persuaders. For this role, Moore was paid £1 million for one series, making him the highest paid TV actor at that time.
In 1973, Moore starred in his first James Bond film, Live and Let Die. He went on to star in a further seven films as 007: The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy and A View to a Kill.
His debonair style , tongue in cheek delivery and safari suits were in stark contrast to Sean Connery’s Bond. However, some of the most memorable scenes from James Bond films include Sir Roger Moore. Who can forget the high speed gondola chase down the Venice canals in Moonraker?
Live After 007
Sir Roger Moore took great pride in his role as James Bond. Being typecast in this role did not bother him in the slightest. He appeared in many other successful films during his career including The Wild Geese, a cameo appearance in The Curse of the Pink Panther and in the 1990s, Spice World with the Spice Girls.
He even appeared in a TV advert for the Post Office in 2009.
However, Sir Roger Moore saw his greatest achievement in his work for UNICEF. He became a Goodwill Ambassador in 1991 inspired by his friend, the actress Audrey Hepburn who also worked as a UNICEF ambassador.
He worked tirelessly for children and launched the “Check out for Children” program, in partnership with Sheraton Hotels and Resorts. This has raised more than US$16 million to support life-saving immunisation programs for children all over the world.
In his own poignant words, on the UNICEF website he said:
“Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents. Let’s face it, the children who do that are the hope of tomorrow.”
James Bond Stamp Cover Signed by Roger Moore and Richard Kiel
The Richard Kiel and Roger Moore James Bond Signed Cover features Roger Moore as 007 and his 7ft 2 ½ inch tall co-star Richard Kiel as the steel-toothed villain, Jaws. They are shown coming to blows in an action scene from the 1977 Bond film, ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’. Kiel’s character proved so popular that he emerged again in the next Bond film ‘Moonraker’ in 1979.
When Richard Kiel died in 2014, Moore paid him the ultimate tribute. In Moore’s eyes, Kiel in his portrayal of Jaws had created the “best James Bond villain ever”.
This stamp cover includes a special ‘Cinema Ticket’ stamp and showing a postmark of Northampton Autographica 18th May 2001. The cover has been signed by the Richard Kiel and Sir Roger Moore to make this a very special collectors’ item or a gift to treasure.