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  1. Roger Moore Gets Pacemaker

    Roger Moore might have been a little shaken, even stirred, following his onstage tumble Wednesday in New York. But, after a ticker tune-up, the erstwhile 007 is now back in the pink and received his license to leave the hospital on Friday.

    Moore, 75, was deemed good to go after getting a pacemaker to help regulate his heartbeat.

    The seven-time James Bond collapsed during a matinee performance of The Play What I Wrote at Broadway’s Lyceum Theater. Moore fainted during a dance number at the end of act two, but managed to recover and finish his performance before being taken to a nearby hospital for tests.

    While initial reports said Moore had been suffering from respiratory problems, coupled with dehydration and exhaustion, a rep tells the Associated Press that the thesp had been in line for a pacemaker, and doctors at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center decided to implant it on Thursday.

    "He’s feeling absolutely fine," Mary Cahill tells the AP. Cahill, a spokeswoman for UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency for which Moore has served as a goodwill ambassador for 12 years, says she spoke to the actor shortly after his discharge.

    Moore’s feeling so fine that he will make a previously scheduled appearance Friday at a benefit dinner in New York, where he’s due to pick up an award on behalf of UNICEF from the French-American Aid for Children organization.

    "He’s very gallant. He’s a real trooper," says Cahill. "He does so much good work for us. The fact that he’s making an effort to go there for us tonight is indicative of Roger’s efforts for children."

    According to the producers of The Play What I Wrote, which features a surprise celebrity guest every day, Moore is "looking forward to returning soon."

    After a stint as crime-busting Simon Templar on The Saint, Moore took over the Bond role from Sean Connery during the ’70s and early ’80s. His first spin as the sexy secret agent came in 1973’s Live and Let Die. He went on to star in six other Bond flicks, including 1983’s Octopussy and 1985’s A View to a Kill, before passing the torch to Timothy Dalton.

    Source: Yahoo! News

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