Former James Bond on a New Mission in India

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Nov 20, JAIPUR (KHALEEJ TIMES) — 'James Bond' visits Akshaya Patra kitchens, part of the ISKCON Bangalore Food For Life program.

The man who once had a ‘licence to kill’ the enemies in reel life, now has taken a different role in real life - to combat a bigger enemy - the disease.

Roger Moore, the James Bond 007 of films like The Spy who Loved Me, Moonraker and Octopussy, was in Jaipur on Thursday as a Unicef goodwill ambassador to raise awareness about the use of iodised salt to fight diseases.

Moore, who graduated from the famous TV serial The Scent to Bond films, met the Rajasthan government officials to accelerate the Universal Salt Iodisation project for the elimination of the iodine deficiency disorders in the state. The officials briefed him on the steps taken to spread the use of iodised salt in the state.

Moore visited village Bhamoria on the outskirts of Jaipur and interacted with children on promoting the use of the iodised salt. He informed the children as to how one could fight many diseases with the use of iodised salt.

Later, accompanied by his wife Kristina, Moore visited the Akshaya Patra kitchen, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), providing midday meals to around 35,000 children in government-run schools in the state.

Moore says famous Hollywood actress Audrey Hepburn inspired him to take up humanitarian causes. “More and more celebrities should come forward to take up humanitarian issues,” he said, adding that the celebrities have a mass appeal and they should put that to good use.

The 79-year-old actor, who had visited Rajasthan decades ago for the shooting of Octopussy, still retains his sharp wit and humour. When asked to give figures about the success rate of Universal Salt Iodisation Programme, Moore said: “The only figures I remember is that of women.”

Known for performing unbelievable stunts in films, Moore found Jaipur’s chaotic traffic too tough to handle and said: “Navigating through the city is like stunts of James Bond films.”



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