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Eamonn's bond with 007: Holmes and Roger Moore grew close after being raced to airport with police escort


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Eamonn Holmes and Roger Moore

Eamonn Holmes and Roger Moore

Eamonn Holmes and Roger Moore

The name's Holmes, Eamonn Holmes.

One of Northern Ireland's most famous sons channelled his inner 007 when he was raced to Belfast International Airport with a police escort and Sir Roger Moore in the car beside him.

The 61-year-old, a pal of the late Bond legend, explained: "Me, Gay Byrne and Roger were singing Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head in Belfast on the John Daly Show.

"Roger and I had to get back to London that night and the last flight was at 9.50pm - a British Midland (service) from Belfast International Airport.

"We finished at 9.30pm in the TV studio, so to get us there, the BBC phoned ahead and said 'Look, we've got James Bond coming in a bit' and organised the police (escort).

"We got four police motorbikes that took us in a car through Belfast city centre and up the M2, right up to Aldergrove airport.

"There I was sitting in the car with Roger holding onto the seat. He said 'Oh, I don't like this at all. This is too fast for me'. I said 'But you're James Bond'. He said 'Oh, I hate fast cars' and then I started laughing.

"We got onto the plane and sat beside each other. I laughed the whole way. The tears were pouring. He was a funny man - a charming, lovely man. It was amusing for me because it wasn't just about James Bond. I remembered him from a TV series as a kid called Ivanhoe. I also remembered this amazing series with Tony Curtis called The Persuaders - The Saint as well.

"It was just amazing to become his friend. It was lovely."

Speaking to the Document Belfast Instagram account, the TV presenter added: "I think The first time that I met Roger was behind the scenes of Noel Edmonds' House Party.

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"Roger was just standing behind the scenes with me. He said that he'd flown in from Switzerland and got into terrible trouble with his dad.

"His dad said that there was a woman on television who had been complaining (that) she writes to Roger and he never replies and that apparently this woman has a TV show.

"I said 'What's her name?' He said 'Mrs Merton' (the late Caroline Aherne). And I said 'Roger, she's not real. She's a character'."

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