007 pays surprise visit to British troops

  • Updated: November 19, 2012 - 5:43 PM

Troops at Britain's Camp Bastion in Afghanistan were taken by surprise when 007 star Daniel Craig dropped in on their base. The actor, who plays James Bond in the new film "Skyfall," met with 800 soldiers, airmen and sailors, and they watched the box office hit.

Craig toured the camp on Monday, witnessing some of the training given to troops before they are sent to forward operating bases. In true James Bond style, he got to fire some of the machine guns and took the wheel of the Foxhound vehicle in which he was shown around.

He later visited Bastion Role 3 Hospital, which is a center for trauma care.

Queen of Soul sings at Constitution Hall

Aretha Franklin says "it was fabulous" to have First Lady Michelle Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder attend her show in Washington. The Queen of Soul sang for the two -- as well as for about 3,000 fans at DAR Constitution Hall on Saturday night. Afterward, Franklin said she was glad to see her VIP guests relax and "shake their hips a little," especially after a tough reelection campaign. The Detroit native has performed for the Obamas before -- at the 2008 inauguration. Franklin said that she doesn't think there will be an inauguration encore in 2013, though if invited she "would certainly come and would love to sing." She also paid tribute to the late Whitney Houston, singing "I Will Always Love You."

ITUNES, AT LAST: AC/DC is finally releasing its music digitally on iTunes. Columbia Records and Apple announced Monday that the classic rock band's music will be available at the iTunes Store worldwide. Sixteen studio albums will be released, including "High Voltage" and "Back in Black," which is already in the Top 30 on iTunes' top albums chart. Two of the group's albums are also in the Top 100. AC/DC was one of the few acts that would not release music through the digital outlet.

NOTED: Rhythm and blues singer Billy Scott died Saturday at his home in Charlotte, N. C., from pancreatic and liver cancer at age 70. Born Peter Pendleton in Huntington, W. Va., he sang with various groups while in the Army. After he was discharged in 1964, he changed his name and with his wife, Barbara, in 1966 began recording as the Prophets. Their first gold record was 1968's "I Got The Fever." Other hits included "California" and "Seaside Love" as the Georgia Prophets. The group recorded a number of hits in the 1970s in the beach music genre, a regional variant of R&B. Scott was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

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