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By Richard Pagliaro - "Shaken not stirred" is James Bond's standard martini order. But when it comes to marriage proposal, the man who portrayed agent 007, Australian actor George Lazenby, specializes in the art of surprise. Lazenby popped the question to former pro Pam Shriver during dinner, catching the couple both by surprise.

"Halfway through dinner, halfway through a conversation, he just paused and asked me to marry him," said Shriver, a former Grand Slam doubles champion and current ESPN tennis analyst, in an interview with The Daily Mail. "It was a surprise to me, I think it was a surprise to him until the first word of the sentence."

A wedding date has not been announced. The couple have known each other for more than two decades, but did not start dating until February.

The 39-year-old Shriver, who captured 22 Grand Slam doubles titles in her career, was married to corporate attorney Joe Shapiro on December 5, 1998. Shapiro contracted cancer and passed away on September 23, 1999.

The 62-year-old Lazenby starred as Bond after Sean Connery, the original 007, gave up the role. The Australian actor played the British secret agent in only one film — On Her Majesty's Secret Service — which was released in 1969. Though many critics consider the movie one of the best in the Bond series, it was a financial flop at the box office. Lazenby, who was signed to a three-movie contract, bowed out of doing any more Bond films and missed out on the opportunity to star in Diamonds Are Forever and Live and Let Die, which cast Connery and Roger Moore in the lead role respectively and went on to become two of the most popular pictures in the series.

Though he went on to star in several other films, Lazenby never matched the fame he earned as Bond and later admitted he submitted to "bad advice" in renouncing the role. He still works as an actor and occasionally appears at Bond conventions.
 

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Apparently the guy knows some secret how to convince tennis star to marry him.. I'd like to take a page from his book, really. That's something I'd like to learn.. On the other side, when I am his age, what tennis star will be of Shriver age? I need to consult some experts who are scouting future stars in kindergartens.. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 
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