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Bond actor Roger Moore: 'I have always hated guns'

Bond actor Roger Moore: 'I have always hated guns'

"I felt small, insignificant and rather ashamed that I had traveled so much making films and ignored what was going on around me", he would say years after starring in seven James Bond movies and upon accepting a role that his friend Audrey Hepburn inspired him to take on, goodwill ambassador for Unicef.

The British actor died Tuesday after a short battle with cancer, according to a family statement posted on Moore's official Twitter account. 'I told my Grandad I'd just seen James Bond and asked if we could go over so I could get his autograph.

"I've not done badly for a boy from Stockwell, where I used to gaze at the silver screen in wonderment, little realising I'd be a part of this magical world", he wrote in his autobiography, My Word Is My Bond. Twenty-three years later, Marc found himself doing a UNICEF recording with Moore, so chatting during some downtime he reminded him of that day.

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In his citation, Professor Quintin McKellar, vice-chancellor at the University of Hertfordshire, said: "As well as a full film career, Sir Roger began in television where he was cast in the highly successful series Ivanhoe, stepped into the role of Simon Templar in The Saint and co-starred in the TV series The Persuaders". I'd got it wrong. "He was happy to hear it, and he had a chuckle and said 'Well, I don't remember but I'm glad you got to meet James Bond"'. He also starred on the ABC western The Alaskans and briefly replaced James Garner on Maverick. "He also regularly played practical jokes on set, and praised him for his recent work with Unicef, the United Nations children's charity". Clearly Moore's sense of humour will never be forgotten.

Debonair and self-effacing, Moore had found his own humorous way to sum up his last appearance as Bond, which came when he was 57.

Moore is survived by his wife, Kristina Tholsrup, his daughter, Deborah, and his sons, Geoffrey and Christian.

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He said of the star: "He was completely lovely and while the cameramen were setting up, I told him in passing the story of when I met him in Nice Airport".

Where Sean Connery played Bond as a witty, but serious, detective, Moore's depiction was decidedly more light-hearted. "Dear Mr. Roger Moore, It is with a heavy heart that I hear the news of your death this morning, " he said on Instagram.

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