ON CINEMA and television screens, when playing the roles of action heroes James Bond and Simon Templar, Sir Roger Moore displayed no fear. But off screen the popular actor, who passed on in May at the age of 89, admitted to an encounter that scared him. Two ghostly visitations at a hotel in Guildford, Surrey, just south of London, had freaked him out, he confessed. One of his first movies was shot in the town and he returned on a number of occasions for book signings and talks. The paranormal encounter that spooked him occurred in 1973, when he was staying at The Angel Inn, reputedly one of the town’s most haunted buildings, parts of which date back to the 13th century. Among the ghosts reported are nuns seen walking down staircases and a 19th century Eastern European soldier who is said to have stared at a couple out of their room’s mirror for so long that the husband was able to sketch the face. Describing his experience to the county’s online news website Get Surrey in 2015, Sir Roger revealed that his experience happened in 1973, the year he first played secret agent Bond in Live And Let Die. His debonair style and mellifluous voice fitted the part of secret agent 007 perfectly, particularly when he ordered his Martini cocktails “shaken, not stirred”. Sir Roger appeared in seven Bond films – more than any other actor – from 1973 to 1985. He subsequently became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1991, being knighted in 2003 for “services to charity”. Get Surrey located Sir Roger’s original newspaper interview and republished it when announcing his death. “I was frozen. I wanted to call out and scream, but couldn’t speak,” he explained, describing his initial reaction. “I was numb – paralysed from head to toe.
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