The Man with the Golden Gun became the man with the golden gong on Thursday, when 007 star Roger Moore received a knighthood from the Queen. "I had the worst attack of stage fright of my life," admitted the 75-year-old, who was being honoured for his work with children's charities.
"Her Majesty said I'd been involved with charities for a long time but she supposed that people will always call me 007," he revealed.
The veteran actor shared the ceremony with enduring rock star Sting, who received a CBE. "I was quite nervous," confessed the former Police frontman. "I've never met the Queen before. It’s a little bit like a dream."
The 51-year-old, who was introduced as "Gordon Sumner – also known as Sting", went on to reflect on his childhood as a milkman's son. "I didn't ever imagine that when I set off from Newcastle with a guitar and a bag of songs that I would end up here at Buckingham Palace," he said. "My father worked every day, except Christmas Day, until he died and that gave me a sense of hard work. I still have that work ethic."
Asked whether the monarch was among his many fans, the legendary performer was pragmatic, however. "I'd be surprised if the Queen knows my music," he said. "But I know Charles listens to it, so there's always hope."