Vôtre" in Paris
28-31 October 2008
On October 28, Sir Roger was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters,
one of France’s highest honours, at a ceremony in Paris. Culture
Minister Christine Albanel, who presented the honour to Roger Moore,
said he was a true legend of both cinema and television.
"France is happy and proud to honour a legendary actor with
an immense heart," said Christine Albanel. With his wife Kristina
at his side, Sir Roger told that the Arts and Letters award to him
was worth "more than an Oscar."
Roger Moore was next invited by Michel Drucker to appear on the
programme "Vivement Dimanche". A whole afternoon was devoted
to him. Nearly five hours’ of recording in the famous Gabriel
studios close by to the Champs-Elysées.
250 lucky people had the chance to take part and to see a parade
of those stars whose lives had crossed that of Roger Moore. Moving
reunions, a lot of smiles, and of course humour, photos and film
excerpts. We saw Claudia Cardinale, who was his neighbour in Italy,
and his co-star in "Escape To Athena" alongside David
Niven. Alexandra Stewart, who was his co-star in "The Saint",
Ursula Andress, the mythical Honey Rider in "Dr. No".
Mylène Demongeot who starred in "The Rape Of The Sabine
Women", a typical Greek toga saga of the early 60s.
There was also Michael Lonsdale, the unforgettable "Drax"
in "Moonraker". The singer Laurent Voulzy, a great admirer
of Roger Moore, came and dedicated a little composition based on
the tune of "The Persuaders !".
Tony Curtis had taped a video. Within a few minutes it was a virtual
live Wilde-Sinclair double-act. Petula Clark delighted Roger Moore
with her famous "Downtown".
Then came Mathieu Amalric and Daniel Craig who spoke of Roger
"Bond" Moore. Finally, Prince Albert of Monaco paid handsome
homage to one of the most celebrated and valued British subjects
all around the world.
Two days later, there was a press conference in a small salon at
the prestigious Fouquet’s.
Accompanied by his French editor, Roger Moore indulged in a game
of questions and answers with the journalists.
Then a plaque bearing his name is affixed at the entrance to the
celebrated hotel, in the company of Dominique Desseigne, chairman
of the board of Lucien Barrière Group, while flashbulbs crackled.
The little group all rejoined the interior of the establishment
to share a glass of champagne. Outside, fans pressed their faces
to the windows to get a look at the actor. As usual, Roger Moore
had a kind word for each one.
He signs his book for journalists, poses, shakes hands then bids
us farewell to go and have a rest. Outside, the rain plays at tap
dancing on the pavement and the fans still await an hypothetical
re-appearance of the star.