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Roger Moore Tries New Role

March 4, 2002

RADNOR, Pa. (AP) _ Actor Roger Moore, the retired James Bond, is stretching his acting muscles, taking a turn as a flamboyant gay man in his next film.

Moore, 74, hopes his appearance in ``Boat Trip″ with Cuba Gooding Jr., to be released this summer, ``will make the audience raise their eyebrows a little bit.″

Moore’s role on the March 10 episode of ``Alias″ will be more familiar to fans. He plays British spy Edward Poole, the head of an intelligence agency that the double agent played by Jennifer Garner infiltrates.

``I think they were trying to drum up a little news that I might still be alive,″ Moore said in Monday’s edition of TV Guide.

Moore also will be on the small screen Saturday, hosting a screening of his ``Live and Let Die″ on ABC’s ``Bond Picture Show.″

As for the future of his famous character, he thinks Ewan McGregor would make a good James Bond.

``Fine actor, good looking, (he) has the right characteristics,″ Moore said.

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