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On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Queen Elizabeth knights Moore, Mirren. The former 007, the ''Gosford Park'' star, Sting, and Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour get tapped

That's ''Bond, Sir James Bond'' to you. Roger Moore was knighted on Saturday, topping the list of Queen Elizabeth's annual birthday honorees. The 75-year-old, who was presumably both shaken and stirred by the honor, was tapped not for saving the world several times as Agent 007 but for his charitable work. ''I am doubly proud because this is an acknowledgment of UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, an organization I am honored to work for as an international goodwill ambassador,'' he said in a statement.

Dubbed a Dame, the female equivalent of a knight, was ''Gosford Park'' star Helen Mirren. Almost as prestigious were the Commander of the British Empire citations, given to charity-minded rockers Sting (who dubbed himself ''surprised and flattered'') and Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, as well as comic actor Billy Connolly and HBO Film president Colin Callender.

One rung down were the Members of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) commendations, given to stage and screen actor Jim Dale (best known these days as the voice of the ''Harry Potter'' audio books), ''Naked Chef'' star Jamie Oliver, and classic-rock frontmen Gerry Marsden (Gerry and the Pacemakers), Gary Brooker (Procol Harum), and Errol Brown (Hot Chocolate). Finally, there were those named Officers of the British Empire, including ''English Patient'' star Kristin Scott Thomas and Squeeze keyboardist Jools Holland.

Originally posted Jun 16, 2003
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