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Grave of James Bond actor Roger Moore not desecrated after all

Roger Moore received his Goodwill Ambassador certificate in 2012 in the presence of Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene © Yvan Grubski 

It was thought that the Moore family crest and a miniature replica of his Volvo P1800 had been stolen.

A number of articles mentioned a presumed desecration of Roger Moore’s grave, but this turns out not to be the case. On Tuesday, the US tabloïd TMZ reported that one of the Bond actor’s fans claimed the grave in Monaco, containing Roger Moore’s ashes, had been damaged.


The Brit, on a trip to Monaco, allegedly stopped off at the Principality’s cemetery to pay his respects to the famous actor. It was then that he is said to have discovered that the Moore family coat of arms had been removed from the tombstone, as had the miniature replica of the Volvo P1800.

On investigation, according to Monaco-Matin, the crest became unglued due to natural weathering. It’s broken pieces were found by the Monaco cemetery caretakers.

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Roger Moore, a Monegasque resident, died of cancer in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, in 2017. He was 89 years old. After retiring from the film world, the actor divided his time between his flat in Monaco and his villa in Switzerland. He was one of the prestigious guests at the princely wedding between Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene.