Roger Moore Biography

Sir Roger George Moore (born 14 October 1927), is an English actor who portrayed adventurer Simon Templar (The Saint) on television, Lord Brett Sinclair in the adventure series The Persuaders!, and British secret agent James Bond in the official film series for seven films between 1973 and 1985. He also does extensive charity work involving the children's organisation UNICEF.

Moore was born on 14 October 1927 in Stockwell, now part of the London Borough of Lambeth, in London. The only child of George Alfred Moore, a policeman, and Lillian "Lily" (née Pope), a housewife, he attended Battersea Grammar School, but was evacuated to Holsworthy, Devon, during World War II. He was then educated at Dr Challoner's Grammar School in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. He then attended the College of the Venerable Bede at the University of Durham, but never graduated.

At 18 years old, shortly after the end of the war, Moore was conscripted for national service. On 21 September 1946, he was commissioned into the Royal Army Service Corps as a second lieutenant. He was given the service number 372394. He eventually became a captain. Moore served commanding a small depot in West Germany. He later transferred to the entertainment branch (under luminaries such as Spike Milligan).

Immediately prior to his national service, he did a brief stint at RADA (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art), during which his fees were paid by film director Brian Desmond Hurst, who also used Moore as an extra in his film Trottie True. At RADA, Moore was a classmate of his future Bond costar Lois Maxwell, the original Miss Moneypenny. Moore first appeared in films during the mid to late-1940s, as an extra. Moore's film idol as a child was Stewart Granger. At the age of 17, Moore appeared as an extra in the film Caesar and Cleopatra (1945), finally meeting his idol on the set. Moore later worked with Granger in The Wild Geese.