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May 8, 2004

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James Bond saves the day

London -- It didn't require much 007 derring-do, but former James Bond actor Roger Moore came to Queen Elizabeth II's rescue Friday, helping out when technical trouble prevented the monarch from unveiling a plaque.

The queen pressed a button that was supposed to open a set of red curtains in front of a Heathrow airport plaque honoring a charity fund-raising program, but nothing happened.

Moore got up from his seat and crouched down to tug at the drapes, which opened on the second try.

"I wasn't meant to be up there, but James Bond has got to do something," Moore said later.

The 76-year-old actor and the queen attended a ceremony commemorating the 10th anniversary of a UNICEF-British Airways program that raises money by asking airline passengers to donate coins and bills of any currency.

Bonny day for a wedding

Edinburgh, Scotland -- Kiefer Sutherland, in a tartan kilt and knee-socks, attended the wedding of his former stepdaughter in the Scottish capital.

Sutherland, 37, whose latest role in the TV series "24" has made him a familiar face in Britain, chatted to fans before the ceremony Thursday in Edinburgh's City Chambers.

Michelle Kath, the 27-year-old daughter of Sutherland's first wife, Camelia, married actor Adam Sinclair, also 27.

Sutherland, wearing a green-and-blue Douglas tartan, told reporters his grandparents had come from Glasgow. His father is actor Donald Sutherland.

Harris gets mid-life award

Waterville, Maine -- Ed Harris will return to Maine this summer to collect the Maine International Film Festival's Mid-Life Achievement Award.

The actor spent most of last fall in Maine starring as Miles Roby in HBO's adaptation of Richard Russo's "Empire Falls."

"We always thought Ed Harris was a fabulous actor," said Ken Eisen, an owner of the Railroad Square Cinemas and one of the festival's programming directors. "When he came here, he wowed everybody here, not just with his acting, but with his humanity."

While filming "Empire Falls" in Skowhegan in mid-November, Harris surprised moviegoers by appearing at the Strand Cinema to introduce and discuss "Pollock," the story of artist Jackson Pollock, which he starred in and directed.

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