Sir Roger George Moore KBE (born 14 October 1927) is an English actor. He was first known for playing the eponymous hero, Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe, in the 1958–59 series Ivanhoe, a loose adaptation of the 1819 romantic novel by Sir Walter Scott set in the 12th century during the era of Richard the Lionheart. Later he was Beau Maverick in the Maverick (1957–1962) series. Unfortunately, my Maverick library doesn't have any of the episodes that Moore appeared in. Worldwide fame arrived after Moore was cast as Simon Templar in a new adaptation of The Saint, based on the novels by Leslie Charteris. Moore said in an interview in 1963, that he wanted to buy the rights to Leslie Charteris's character and the trademarks. He also joked that the role was supposed to have been meant for Sean Connery who was unavailable. He also portrayed British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films between 1973 and 1985.