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Roger Moore Receives Knighthood

Former James Bond star Sir Roger Moore received his knighthood from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
Sir Roger received his knighthood for charity work and said the palace ceremony gave him "the worst attack of stage fright in my life".

"I was worrying about whether I was going to get up again after kneeling," the 75-year-old actor joked.

Sir Roger, who appeared in seven Bond films, has been a Unicef goodwill ambassador for 12 years.

Speaking after his investiture, Sir Roger said: "It was nerve-wracking. I was first on which is a bit like opening the show."

He said the honour was better than winning an Oscar and revealed that the Queen talked to him about his Bond work.

She told him he would long be known as 007 despite his years of charity work - but he replied that he did not mind because "I was paid money for it".

I didn't ever imagine that when I set off... that I would end up here at Buckingham Palace

Sir Roger, who was made a CBE in 1999, is the second Bond star to be knighted, following Sir Sean Connery's investiture in 2000.

The actor began supporting Unicef in 1991 after a suggestion by fellow ambassador actress Audrey Hepburn.

BBC 9th October, 2003