James Bond wants to help more men get circumcised, and he’s gone to a part of the world where they’re into that sort of thing.
Former 007 actor Roger Moore is in Israel this week, where he expects to raise $5,000 for efforts to circumcise more men as part of AIDS-prevention efforts in Swaziland. The “Moonraker” and “Octopussy” star attended the Eilat Chamber Music Festival today as part of a fund-raising campaign that will allow Israeli doctors to train Swazis to perform circumcisions. Studies have show that circumcision helps reduce the spread of HIV.
“Who better than Jewish and Muslim doctors [from Israel] to carry out this procedure? Because they do it by the thousands,” the Associated Press quoted Moore as saying.
As many as one-fifth of all Swazis are HIV-positive, according to a 2005 UNICEF estimate. The actor has served as a goodwill ambassador for the organization since 1991. While in Israel, Moore also hoped to meet with his friend and fellow actor Haim Topol, an Oscar nominee for playing Tevye in 1971 film “Fiddler on the Roof.” The pair co-starred a decade later in the James Bond movie “For Your Eyes Only.”