Roger Moore to visit Austria

Former “James Bond” star Roger Moore will visit Vienna this weekend, it has been announced.PR agents of the legendary actor announced today (Tues) that he will arrive at Vienna International Airport (VIA) on Friday.Moore, who will stay at Hotel Sacher, is due to attend the Christmas market in front of the capital’s city hall on Saturday morning before he will be escorted to Neusiedl am See in Burgenland.The 83-year-old will read from “Le carnaval des animaux” (The Carnival of the Animals) by Camille Saint-Saens at the town located at Lake Neusiedl at 7pm. Star violinist Julian Rachlin, a close friend of Moore, and cellist Mischa Maisky, will perform at the event. All donations will go to the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and Austrian charity Licht ins Dunkel.Moore is tipped to go on a private sightseeing trip in the city centre of Vienna on Sunday and will be leaving Austria the next day (15 November) for Geneva, Switzerland.It will be the second time within one and a half years that the Briton has visited Austria.Moore, who became a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador more than 15 years ago, was famously taken to a clinic in Horn, Lower Austria, in June 2009 with lumbago sustained during an autograph session.Igor Rakitin, the hospital’s spine specialist, said at that time: “There was quite a fuss when he arrived in his chauffeur-driven Maserati. Everybody stopped working!”Moore reportedly leaned on his wife as he could barely walk when he entered the clinic. The actor underwent two chiropractic sessions and an acupuncture treatment.”I was surprised how friendly and polite he was. He didn’t put on any airs at all,” a nurse told local newspapers afterwards.Rakitin revealed Moore signed a copy of his 2008 autobiography “My Word is My Bond” for him, adding a personal dedication saying: “Thank you, doctor Igor Voodoo!”