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
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
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
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.