Sir Roger Moore still has a licence to thrill.
The former James Bond star crossed all generation gaps as women
and men swooned over him at the launch of a UNICEF fundraising
initiative in Dublin.
And not even celebrity broadcaster Gerry Ryan was immune from
the feverish excitement.
He had dinner with Sir Roger Moore after UNICEF director Melanie
Verwoerd decided it was the best way to ensure her new love would
not be jealous of her chaperoning the Londoner.
A busy garage forecourt in the centre of Donnybrook may not have
all the frills of a Monte Carlo casino but that did not stop Sir
Roger Moore donning his rose tinted glasses to pose for photographs
alongside a classic Aston Martin.
"We recognised him immediately and decided to come over
for a photo as a bit of fun," locals Ann Tilson and Coreen
Dennis said. "It is extraordinary how young looking he is
for his age."
Sir Roger, who is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF, is in Ireland
to launch a new fundraising campaign between the children's charity
and petrol station chain Topaz.
The initiative involves Topaz customers being asked to donate
two cent on every purchase they make. According to UNICEF, every
donation will fund the purification of 10 litres of water in the
"Irish people have well deserved reputation for generosity
down through the years -- and not just in the good times,"
said Mr Moore. "By supporting this initiative, people will
be able to help UNICEF save children's lives and make the world
a better place for children."
Mrs. Verwoerd said the campaign could make a "phenomenal
"If we have a good buy in from the Irish public, we estimate
that we can make more than €1m," she told the Irish
Independent. Sir Roger became an ambassador of UNICEF in 1991.
"We are very privileged to have Roger Moore here to launch
this for us," Mrs. Verwoerd added. "Somebody with his
passion, his stature, his love for children and his commitment
to the developing world.
"It's an absolute delight to have somebody like him come
and endorse the campaign for us." Topaz chairman, Neil O'Leary,
said he was confident that "very substantial sums" could
be raised for the charity through the two cent scheme.
Sir Roger was honoured at a black tie gala dinner in the Burlington
Hotel and also attended a book signing at Easons on O'Connell