Former The Persuaders! co-stars SIR Roger Moore and Tony Curtis urged movie fans to give up smoking during their appearance at last night's (13MAR06) Empire film awards. Former James Bond actor star Moore, insists he owes his life to Curtis, who encouraged him to follow his example and kick the deadly habit in the seventies. Moore, 78, says, "When we began shooting Tony gave me a book on how to stop smoking. "I didn't read it. I just looked at the picture on the back of an X-ray of a lung with a red spot on it. The red spot was cancer. "The next day I coughed up blood while smoking a cigarette, and I haven't smoked since." Curtis adds, "That was 35 years ago and we wouldn't be here now if one of us was a smoker."