A 12-year-old Forfar boy has returned home from a top secret mission where he met his favourite ‘James Bond’ - Sir Roger Moore.
David Gordon, who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, has been a huge Bond fan for several years - he loves the action, cars and villains.
Sir Roger Moore is his favourite Bond actor, with the actor’s fourth Bond movie ‘Moonraker’ particularly loved by David.
When David turned to Make-A-Wish, it was little surprise that he wished to meet his favourite secret agent.
He watched his idol in ‘An Evening with Sir Roger Moore’ in Bath, before being whisked backstage to meet the man himself. David didn’t know he was meeting Sir Roger after the show and when he appeared, David was very excited and started asking questions straight away! Sir Roger gave David a signed book and some photographs and spent time looking at David’s ‘Bond’ book with him.
David said: “It was a huge surprise when he came out to meet me after the show, I didn’t expect that at all – I was in shock! He looked really smart – almost as smart as me in my suit - and he was a really nice man. It was great to finally meet my favourite actor. When I told him I was Agent 0012 he told me I was 001!”
Sir Roger Moore said: “It was a real pleasure to meet David and his knowledge of all things Bond was amazing! He is a brave and lovely young man who deserved a day to remember.”
David was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when he was just two. The diagnosis was devastating for his family, as there is no cure. He is on medication to control the symptoms, but as the condition progresses, David’s mobility will get worse.
David was also diagnosed with a heart condition (Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome) in May this year and is due to have an operation. He is also waiting to see if he’s suitable to take newly licensed medication which will aid his mobility.
His Grandma, Catherine, said: “The wish has meant a lot to the whole family. David’s condition is life-threatening and we don’t know how long he will be here for. Therefore the most important thing is for him to have lots of happy experiences, which is what the wish gave him. It is incredible that he met his idol and it’s something he will never forget.”
There are currently 20,000 children and young people in the UK fighting a life-threatening condition and over 1,000 of them will turn to Make-A-Wish this year. Make-A-Wish receives no government funding – so every donation really does count. To make a donation or refer a child to Make-A-Wish, visit www.make-a-wish.org.uk or telephone 01276 405070.