French Culture Minister Christine Albanel
hailed the 81-year-old former star of the James Bond
films as a "legend of
the big and small screen".
"France is happy and
proud to honour a legendary actor with an immense heart," said
With his wife, Christina, at his side, Moore said at the
Paris award ceremony that the Arts and Letters award to
him was worth "more than an Oscar".
Moore first became famous in the 1960s
television series The Saint. He also teamed up with US
actor Tony Curtis
in the 1970 series The Persuaders, in which they played
a couple of rich playboys with a sideline in investigating
crimes. He played his first Bond film, "Live
And Let Die", in 1973, taking over from Sean Connery.
He played his last one, "A
View To A Kill", in 1985.
Above: Sir Roger Moore with wife