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Roger Moore found being honoured by Queen Elizabeth II a little more nerve-racking than dodging bullets.


"I was a bit nervous, mainly because you don't get a rehearsal for this, and I am used to having rehearsals before I perform," he said after the queen gave him the Commander of the Order of British Empire medal.


    Moore, 71, may be most famous as James Bond, but it was his UNICEF campaign for children that won him the queen's recognition. He has been a special ambassador for the U.N. children's charity for almost a decade.


 "Working with UNICEF made me grow up and recognize how fortunate I am," Moore said.

Tom Jones, 58, was honored for his services to music and received an Officer of the Order of British Empire medal from the queen. "I didn't bring a hat," he joked, "because I thought it might mess up my hair."

James Bond legend Roger Moore has joined singer Tom Jones to receive honours from the Queen at Buckingham Palace.

Moore, 71, has been made a CBE for his services to charity, while Jones, 57, has awarded the OBE for services to music and entertainment.

The actor, whose career stretches back over 50 years, played suave spy Bond in seven films, as well as taking a host of other roles, including 1960s TV hero The Saint.

In addition, he has been a special ambassador for the United Nations children's charity UNICEF for nine years and travels the world fund-raising and campaigning to end cruelty to children.

After the investiture, he said: "I was a bit nervous, mainly because you don't get a rehearsal for this and I am used to having rehearsals before I perform.

"The Queen asked me if I had discovered many things in my years working for UNICEF and I told her I had learnt a lot in the past nine years.

"Working with UNICEF made me grow up and realise how fortunate I am."

But he said the Queen did not mention whether she had seen any of his films. "I think the Queen has rather different viewing tastes," he added.

Tom Jones, whose first hit was It's Not Unusual in 1965, is still admired and respected by fans and fellow musicians alike. He is currently working on a new album due for release in September.

He said: "The Queen was very nice and said she was pleased to present me with the award because I'd given a lot of enjoyment to people over the years."

"I told her I had enjoyed doing it too. The first time I performed for the Queen was in 1967 at a Royal Command Performance and I have done several since. And she has told me she enjoys my music.

"When the Queen sees you perform you don't want to make any mistakes, and touch wood I haven't yet."

He was dressed in tails - but he had no top hat. "I didn't bring a hat because I thought it might mess up my hair," he joked.

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