Written by Marie-France Vienne (a.k.a. “Lady Templer“)
CODENAME: Bancroft’s Prep School.
MISSION: Infiltrate the Knightsbridge home of 007 star Sir Roger Moore and hand over a £6,000 cheque for his chosen charity UNICEF.
Sixteen children from Bancroft’s Prep School in High Road, Woodford Green, were invited to tea with the former James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore at his suite of rooms in the Sheraton Park Hotel after raising £6,000 for UNICEF at their annual charity event.
Sir Roger, accompanied by wife Lady Kristina, answered questions about his life and career as a film star and revealed that his favourite Bond film was A View to a Kill. (Sir Roger had previously named The Spy Who Loved Me as his personal favourite.)
A boy and girl from each of the eight classes at the school were randomly chosen for the visit but one of the boys already knew something of the actor because his father had worked as a special effects technician on some of the movies.
Directing operations was the school’s headteacher David Horn. He said that despite there being more excitement from parents than from children to start with, they were all well acquainted with the work of Sir Roger by the time they visited him.
He said: “We did a bit of priming up beforehand. We found his website and got them to have a look at that and there have been quite a few of his movies on recently so we pointed them in that direction.”