007's Moore gains royal title for charity work

Saturday, June 14, 2003

— Celluloid spy hero Roger Moore became real-life Sir Roger on Queen Elizabeth II's birthday honors list, saluted for his charity work along with scores of artists, scientists and less-celebrated Britons.

Helen Mirren, one of Britain's most-admired actresses and star of the "Prime Suspect" television police dramas, became a dame, the female equivalent of a knight, as did renowned chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall.

In the honors list officially published today, Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop cosmetics chain, also became a dame, and television's "Naked Chef," Jamie Oliver, was made an MBE Member of the Order of British Empire.

Pop star Sting was made a CBE, or Commander of the British Empire.

Moore, who succeeded Sir Sean Connery as James Bond, played the hero in seven films. But his knighthood was bestowed for his work for UNICEF and the Kiwanis International children's charity.

"I am so proud to be the recipient of this great honor," the 75-year-old Moore said.

"I am doubly proud because this is an acknowledgment of UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, an organization I am honored to work for as an international goodwill ambassador."

Actress Kristin Scott Thomas, Oscar-nominated for her role in "The English Patient," became an Officer of the British Empire, or OBE.

Former Pink Floyd lead guitarist Dave Gilmour, who recently donated $5.9 million from the sale of his London home to a project to house the homeless, also became a CBE.