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Roger Moore

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Did Roger Moore Really Say Idris Elba Wasn't English Enough to Play James Bond?

Did Roger Moore Really Say Idris Elba Wasn't English Enough to Play James Bond?

Originally posted 03/29/2015 02:30PM

Veteran actor Roger Moore found himself in a cloud of controversy over recent comments that James Bond should be played by an "English-English" actor, as opposed to Cuba Gooding Jr. – or, it seemed, Idris Elba.

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Roger Moore: Skyfall with Daniel Craig Is 'The Best Bond of All' (VIDEO)

Roger Moore: Skyfall with Daniel Craig Is 'The Best, Best Bond of All'

Originally posted 11/10/2012 02:00PM

Neither shaken, nor stirred. Just perennially cool.

While he'll no doubt be best remembered for the seven James Bond films he made from 1973 to 1985, Sir Roger Moore – he was knighted in 2003, for his humanitarian work on behalf of UNICEF – also wears many other labels proudly.

He was a young MGM star (opposite the then-equally young Elizabeth Taylor), a TV star and producer (The Saint), an author twice over (a 2008 autobiography, My Word Is My Bond, and the brand-new Bond on Bond: Reflections on 50 Years of James Bond Movies), and a word-class raconteur.

It was in those last two capacities that the London-born Sir Roger, a hale and hearty 85, spent time with PEOPLE in New York this week. Among the many opinions he shared were those on a certain movie franchise.

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Originally posted 04/09/1999 12:00AM

Roger Moore found being honored by Queen Elizabeth II on Tuesday a little more nerve-wracking than dodging bullets in Her Majesty's service. "I was a bit nervous, mainly because you don't get a rehearsal for this, and I am used to having rehearsals before I perform," he said after the queen gave him the Commander of the Order of British Empire medal. Moore, 71, may be most famous as James Bond, but it was his UNICEF campaign for children that won him the Queen's recognition. He has been a special ambassador for the U.N. children's charity for almost a decade.

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