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Connector of the day: Roger Moore

September 30th, 2009
06:56 AM ET

The actor best known for his portrayal of suave British spy James Bond, Roger Moore is leading the fight against the production of a food stuff his movie alter ego would have loved to accompany his favorite tipple, a Martini - shaken not stirred of course.

Roger Moore in 70s TV series The Persuaders.

Roger Moore in 70s TV series The Persuaders.

Moore, who appeared in seven Bond movies from 1973 to 1985, is leading the fight against foie gras, which is made from the enlarged liver of a duck or goose.

According to campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animals involved in the process are force-fed for the pate, and have branded the process "naked cruelty."

It is the latest in a long line of causes the actor, who became an international superstar after appearing in cult series The Saint, has become involved with.

Formally trained as an actor, Moore's interpretation of the Bond role saw him portray the 007 character as a playboy with a light touch.

However his onscreen presence belies a serious side to his character. For almost a quarter of a century he has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.

What do you want to ask Roger? Send us your questions and we'll put them to him during the show on Wednesday.

soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Prince T

    Looking at how James Bond deals with women in the movies, what is the opionion of Roger Moor on violence against women and what do you think the governement should do aabout it.

    September 30, 2009 at 9:03 am | Reply
  2. Andy

    Out of all the Bond gadgets, which was your favourite?

    September 30, 2009 at 9:17 am | Reply
  3. Vimlesh Patel

    Roger,

    Many celebrities, play dual role – one of parading the red carpets and the other the humanitarian activities in life and both see them in the limelight. You however, have kept your commitment to UNICEF semi private, how have you been able to do that and why?
    Thanks

    Vim

    September 30, 2009 at 9:38 am | Reply
  4. Lucky Iwuoha (Germany)

    Question for Roger Moore: how did the name Bond or code (007) come
    about?
    Lucky
    Stuttgart, Germany.

    September 30, 2009 at 9:52 am | Reply
  5. Adrian Moore

    Dear Roger,

    Apart from your own portrayal of Bond, who would you choose as your favourite out of all the other actors that have played the role and why ?

    Many thanks
    Adrian Moore

    September 30, 2009 at 10:13 am | Reply
  6. Rudolph.A.Furtado

    Dear Roger Moore,
    According to you, who is the most "HATED" James Bond villain?

    September 30, 2009 at 10:16 am | Reply
  7. Henrique Peirano

    Of all the present day actors, who would you like to see portraying James Bond?

    September 30, 2009 at 10:17 am | Reply
  8. JUAN MARIANO F. BARCENAS

    I am an avid fan of Bond Film from Dr. No to the latest of Daniel Craig.

    Moore's interest in preventing cruelty to animals however, must be coupled with reforestation to enrich earth's vegetation, thereby animals can live co-equal with plants that provide oxygen to both man and animal.

    Question: Can Mr. Moore possibly campaign for re-vegetating the earth at the same time preserving animal life on earth?

    tankpicker

    September 30, 2009 at 10:28 am | Reply
  9. Carol

    You were my favorite Bond mainly because of the sense of humor you played him with. Do you still do any acting today or are you retired?

    September 30, 2009 at 10:28 am | Reply
  10. Teri

    I was wondering about his view on gun laws. As Bond he has his "PPK" for "work purposes", yet as an individual how does he view guns and gun laws. Not just the U.S. but other countries... UK and even Sweden?
    Many thanks /Teri

    September 30, 2009 at 10:29 am | Reply
  11. Hugh

    Sir Roger,
    In your acting career as well as your social and private life, you seem to have no faults. You gotta be hiding something. What is your biggest fault? What is your biggest weakness? – a fan for almost 4 decades

    September 30, 2009 at 10:35 am | Reply
  12. Ehi

    What's life really like outside Bond?

    September 30, 2009 at 10:39 am | Reply
  13. Andreas Nilsen

    Have you ever come across a MI6 or MI5 agent who initially was inspired by you to seek employment in her majesty's service?

    Best regards

    Andreas
    Bergen, Norway

    September 30, 2009 at 10:56 am | Reply
  14. Tom Burton

    What is the single most memorable thing you've seen or learnt working at UNICEF?

    September 30, 2009 at 11:05 am | Reply
  15. John

    Roger,

    Will you agree that foie gras tastes really good?

    September 30, 2009 at 11:45 am | Reply
  16. Jon

    What are you passionate about today?

    September 30, 2009 at 11:51 am | Reply
  17. Richard

    Mr. Moore,

    So did women fall to your feet easily in your real life as they did when you were the charming James Bond?

    September 30, 2009 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  18. Nicholas Scaife

    Roger,
    What first led you to become a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and as an englishman, what are your thoughts on England lifting the World Cup next year in South Africa.

    Regards,

    September 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  19. Jennifer Mwanza

    Roger Moore is the most handsome of all the actors who portrayed James Bond. It is said that to see him in person off-screen he was really a remarkably handsome man. Oh, yes – and a good comic actor he would have made too!

    I wish Mr. Moore continued success in whatever he undertakes in the future.

    Jennifer

    September 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  20. Katherine

    Hello Roger Moore,
    Did your knowledge of UNICEF begin by going door to door as a boy to collect donations?
    Sincerely,
    Katherine
    p.s. Loved you as 007!

    September 30, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  21. Attila

    Who was your favorite "Bond Girl" and why?

    September 30, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Reply
  22. Kamran

    Roger Moore is the best Bond so far because he naturally look like a bond besides his attitude its awesome, he is my all time favourite and i grew up watching his bond movies

    September 30, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  23. Jennifer Mwanza

    Was Roger really jumping over those crocodiles? Or did he have a stunt man performing many stunts on his behalfF

    September 30, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  24. Juan Héctor

    Sir. Roger, I just want to know which was your most embarrassing moment during the filming of Bond movies?

    September 30, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  25. Robert Gray

    Do you think that in todays world, with large movements of ethnic groups to new neighbourhoods, the world is at last ready for a non white Bond?

    September 30, 2009 at 12:43 pm | Reply
  26. Rudolph.A.Furtado

    Dear Roger,
    Whats the real life role of an M15 , M16, Russian secret police & CI A in todays world of "INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM" after tearing of the "IRON CURTAIN" on which Ian.Fleming 's "James Bond Films "are enacted.

    September 30, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  27. Vincent Rogiest

    Hello Sir Roger Moore,

    What do you think about the current James Bond ? My oppinion about the present James Bond is that he is indeed more rugged but he does not have the same gentlemancy and womanizer factor then yourself. Another point is the originality of the gadgetery and music, something i really miss in the present James Bond Movies.

    Kind Regards,

    Vincent Rogiest
    Big fan of Sir Roger Moore and Sir Sean Connery

    September 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Reply
  28. Pallavi Srikanth

    Do you think that the present day world needs its own James Bond in the light of all the terrorism going on?

    Sincerely,
    Pallavi Srikanth, India

    September 30, 2009 at 1:07 pm | Reply
  29. Pallavi Srikanth

    Do you think that the present day world needs its own James Bond in the light of all the terrorism going on?

    Sincerely,
    Pallavi Srikanth,
    India

    September 30, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  30. Greg

    Roger, I'd be interested to understand your reaction to questions as from Prince T. He asks if you have anything to say about violence towards women and seems to compare your character in James Bond with someone who mistreats women.

    My opinion is that the two points are completely and entirely separate, and in fact Prince T's question belies a confusion between the film world and the real world. A movie is able to depict anything that it needs to to tell a story, whether good or bad, and shouldn't be judged as having to depict a morally 'acceptable' character or outcome. This is especially true when considering that what IS morally 'acceptable' is entirely subjective, and of course changes over time. There is a massive difference between 1970's England, which was a miserable place in a miserable time, and the hugely over the top political correctness of 2009's USA.

    The question that Prince T raises is relevant, but to me shouldn't be comparing a character from a movie from a different time that is supposed to show a galavanting playboy acting out a job which was every schoolboy's fantasy, especially when the schoolboys were growing up in a dreary, bankrupt country – the whole point was to get out of the real world and enter a world where anything was possible. To judge that film now on anyone's self-proclaimed current standards seems to be pandering to the latest cliche of the 'moral majority'. If this is allowed to continue to perpetuate then anything that used to be pure fun becomes a target that we, the paying audience, are not supposed to enjoy any longer – and what's the point in making Bond movies if that's the case?

    I'd be interested to hear your thoughts on this.

    September 30, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  31. wale

    which do u think holds true to the james bond character; the old James Bond with all the gadgetry he could obtain from Q (which he later destroyed) or the all- new devil-may-care Bond who's more intent on destroying with his hands rather than gadgets

    September 30, 2009 at 1:22 pm | Reply
  32. lisa frost (allwright)

    what was my father Eric Allwright (make up artist) like to work with ?

    September 30, 2009 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  33. Gautam Sheth

    Mr. Moore

    In your opinion who is the best bond actor of all time, and common now we want the truth..

    September 30, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  34. Raymond

    Hi Roger....

    I always thought you had the best of English accent of all the Bonds and I became a Bond fan because of you. (Live and Let Die).

    What was your favourite bond song in all movies from start till now?

    September 30, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Reply
  35. Leslie

    Did you ever give Moneypenny a look at your PPk ??

    September 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  36. VINCENT OGBU

    Dear sir,
    i am impresed with the way you handle Electronics, can you really operates all the electronic gadgets that comes your way?

    what i dont like is the way you handle women, is it really your passion for women? must you link up with a woman in all your Movies?

    Thanks and hope to hear your view.

    September 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Reply
  37. Leslie

    Oh come on!!!!.....Where's your sense of humor. Bond was a very sexy spy, very dangerous, and the secret dream/fantasy of most normal women.....including Miss Moneypenny! By the way Miss Moneypenny along with Bond was ficticious!! Lighten up!!.

    September 30, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Reply
  38. Elaine

    Dear Sir Roger,

    I love the entire Bond series and my My favorite Bond movie is "for your eyes only".

    My question is this:
    Out of all the female characters in the series (both heroines and villianesses) if you had to pick one – who is your favorite female character – one heroine and one villianess?

    Thank you for your contribution to this wonderful series and I wish you well in everything you do – especially with this new campaign.

    All the best,

    Elaine Sculnick
    Israel

    September 30, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  39. George

    Hi Mr Moore,
    I was around five or six and still remember your TV acting as Ivanhoo and later seeing you as one of the Mavericks. You were absolutely the guy every one of my friends including myself wanted to be.
    You managed to un-stereotype from the Saint to act in many movies before becoming a Bond. In all honesty I think you were too good looking to be a macho Bond and your legs didn’t have the muscle. However you managed to adapt Bond to your physique. What was the most challenging aspect to play as 007?
    I admire your integrity and energy to pursue good for people in need!
    Regards, GR

    September 30, 2009 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  40. joe

    Sir Roger,
    which Bond girl gave the best kiss?

    September 30, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  41. jws

    Dear Sir,

    I greatly enjoyed your performance in the film "The Wild Geese" and I think you would agree that the cast alone makes this film worthwhile. Given that, it makes me curious as to your own favorite "non-Bond" role. Would you be willing to share which film you prefer and why?

    Thanks

    John

    September 30, 2009 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  42. victor tam

    Roger Moore not only should carry this campaign against the force feeding of the duck and geesse, but to all animals specially to create conscience on more natural feeding of all types. We should pay more and incentivate third world countries to return to the old practice of feeding.

    Sometime we are forgetting how we, the human being, consumed foods in the past. More NATURAL and ORGANIC with all different defects. Quality + quantiy not always is the right solution.

    I saw a lot of changes from my past to my present, and I feld a lot of progress, but at the sametime the human being lost a lot more in how we produce thing for the rest of the world.

    September 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  43. Fuji Sartono

    Hi Mr Moore,,

    I grew up watching your Bond and continue to hold your Bond movies in the highest regards.

    If however you were to play Bond today, would you have played him differently?

    September 30, 2009 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  44. Lisa A. de La Guardia

    The first James Bond movie my parents gave me permission to see was the Spy Who Loved Me, and still to this day it is my favorite. I admire the comic side of you, and miss that trait in later James Bond characterizations.
    Mr. Moore, I know you were a famous actor since the days you played the Saint, but how did becoming James Bond changed you as a person?

    Greetings from Panama City!

    Guardia, Lisa de La Guardia....

    September 30, 2009 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  45. Richard IIIrd

    Assuming that James Bond is, through all its movies, quite a male chauvinist type of character, have you ever received any type of criticism from, female equality-, or feminist-, or equal sex rights'-, or transsexual rights' organizations?
    Did they present any complaints to you?
    Were you ever told that, by choosing such a character, you were in any way personally standing by it?
    Did you care to reply and how did you reply?

    September 30, 2009 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  46. Magnus

    Hej Roger!

    What do you miss the most from acting?

    Thanks,
    Magnus
    Sweden

    September 30, 2009 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  47. Kate Alley

    What is the greatest challenge facing UNICEF in the 21st Century and why do you think organisations look to celebrities to promote their cause?

    September 30, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  48. jean

    Did you used to eat foie gras Sir Moore? And do you think that most people who know how the birds are killed still eat foie gras?

    September 30, 2009 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  49. Claire

    Dear Sir Roger (and congratulations on that, by the way),

    Given your travels and work for UNICEF, what local or global initiatives would you like to see people focusing on in their charitable giving or volunteer work?

    Thank you.

    September 30, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Reply
  50. Val

    Do you believe that the current James Bond, Daniel Craig, plays too rough a character with no "mercy", and not so many girls?

    September 30, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  51. Kishen Carriappa

    Can we have all the Bond actors on one stage sometime. Why don't we do a Bond retro event and give all the Bonds, past and present to do something for charity. Like a World Charity Bond Issue. Bono are you listening? I am sure we could do it here in Dubai, UAE with a little help from our Bond fans and local charities.

    September 30, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  52. John Cardella

    Sir Roger Moore,
    I applaud your humanity. You've always undertaken wonderful causes throughout your life... quite by accident, you left an indelible memory in both my life and that of my family. We actually bumped into you a few years ago at the Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City. You not only took time to talk to us, along with your wife, but upon arriving at the ground floor, you ran into a wedding party taking pictures and you good naturedly took time aside from your life to also join in on the pictures.
    You sir are a shining example of a gentleman – A saint!
    Thank you for all that you've done...keep going!
    John from Toronto.
    p.s. do you still have that lovely white wool winter coat?

    September 30, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Reply
  53. johnnyba

    MR MOORE
    AFTER ALL THIS MOVIESA DO YOU REGRET TO PLAY BOND OR DO YOU PREFER TO BE REMEMBER FOR OTHERS CARACTERS YOY HAD PLAYED IN YOUR CARRER.
    AND HOW ABOUT SIMON TEMPLAR YOU DID A GREAT JOB ON THIS CARACTER; BUT MOST OF ALL HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBER

    JMB

    September 30, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  54. Musa

    Sir Roger,
    I would like to know if you have more engagements planned for Africa (my country Nigeria perhaps) in the near future?

    May I add that we were weaned on episodes of THE SAINT & THE PERSUADERS on our domestic TV stations back then, so I know you have a large fan base here.

    Congratulations in your current work as UNICEF goodwill ambassador and a happy birthday in advance. (I believe its just two weeks away. God Bless)

    September 30, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  55. Scott King

    Mr. Moore, what's the most unusual thing that's ever happened to you while working on a Bond film?

    (You're the BEST Bond, btw!!)

    September 30, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Reply
  56. Ron Bresher

    As a man who has aspired to many things in life at your present age of 81 what do you feel is your most crowning / significant achievement in life?

    September 30, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  57. clive drake

    Get a life on campaigning against foie gras. Its a french cultural food, going back centuries – find something better to do with your time.

    September 30, 2009 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  58. Ivor Luke Odonwodo

    My question for Roger Moore is: Apart from women, What else would you say is the weak point of the man who keeps decribing himself in this manner: "My name is Bond...James Bond.

    Regards.

    September 30, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Reply
  59. Steve

    I was recently in Gers, France wehre they make Foie Gras and at one farm they said they make foie gras without force feeding. Is this so? If so are some farms force feeding just to increase the yield, rather than the taste. If the delicacy requires force feeding to achieve the taste, then the only answer is to do away with the delcacy. If however force feeding is just a yield factor, then it could be banned and just make the delicacy more expensive – less of a problem IMO – easier to implement. Farers should not suffer too much – decreased supply – higher unit cost. However in all cases, sure I like foie gras here and there, but could do without it – there are lots of other wonderful delicacies in France (not just food)!

    September 30, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  60. claudia

    What do you think of the change in Bond cars?

    September 30, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  61. Rob

    Mr. Moore

    What in the world ever possessed you to be in the movie Boat Trip? That was a really bad movie.

    September 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  62. Lilian Alexakou- [ATHENS GREECE]

    1}Iam really HAPPY I have the name of sir Roger Moore's Mother LILIAN
    2}my favorite film for your eyes only! with Melina a Greek girl-partner
    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvJp1X3qiog&w=640&h=360]
    questions:
    a}. How did the relationship begin with UNICEF?
    I read that it was1991, when Audrey Hepburn asked sir Roger Moore to co-host International Awards from Amsterdama and to handle a press conference about UNICEF .

    b}Looking back is your life full of happy memories??.

    ALL THE BEST
    LILIAN ALEXAKOU
    ATHENS GREECE

    September 30, 2009 at 7:55 pm | Reply
  63. DM Spiegel

    Question for Mr. Moore:

    "In regards to the direction of how James Bond is being portrayed in the more recent 007 films, do you feel the more violent, less humorous Bond is the needed change to capture the younger audience, or is it just a new direction for the 007 character"?

    Wheres Q?

    September 30, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  64. Hugh

    Whiteknight,
    You have said you would like to play a villain in the Bond movies. Is something like that in the works? Hope you play a nasty one.
    Also, are all the Bond actors friendly or at least civil to each other? Tell the truth.

    October 1, 2009 at 5:49 am | Reply
  65. Michael Night Rider

    Hugh,
    About playing a nasty villain, James Bond works for an intelligence service so you need proper education. Sometimes violence is inevitable, but to have a license to kill means always to be accountable. Everybody has to be civil in the film crew, remember it is a majesty service.

    By all means a black James Bond man is possible, Densel Washington played a similar role, be it as a research journalist in the film 'The Pelican Brief', bringing a story of odd financial malversation to the public. There is a black man in the movie 'Matrix part one' team battling public opinion from a space satellite type of location, to bring 'change' in ordinary systems on earth. Many people do not see this film as a service of the queen, but for environmental action karate may come in handy.

    It is not film, but CNN has real time motion pictures about climate events. There is to be discovered that earthquakes and tsunami's sometimes can be predicted. Forecasting makes it possible to take precautions. Although the man that provides electronic gadgets in Bond films ( John 'Q' Cleese ) hasn't always a warm and fatherly concern for 007's welfare, there áre scientists that want to help special agents that are diligent and cautious with the materials. So also CNN weather man Guillermo Arduino can take part in Bonds future work.

    -

    October 1, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  66. Nicu Marin.Bacau-Romania.

    Happy Birthday to you,Sir Roger Moore and Happiness in your life.with respect Nicu Marin.

    October 14, 2009 at 8:14 am | Reply
  67. cesar

    I am Gutemala roger moure is very good actor,
    good by
    cesar

    February 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  68. cesar

    in guatemala love to roger moore

    February 14, 2011 at 12:16 am | Reply

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