‘I’d love to’ – Irish actor James Nesbitt puts his name forward to star in Bond
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‘I’d love to’ – Irish actor James Nesbitt puts his name forward to star in Bond

IRISH actor James Nesbitt has revealed he is keen to star in a James Bond film – after 007 favourite Daniel Craig confirmed a fifth and final outing as Bond last month.

Cold Feet star James made the revelation in an interview with Ronan Keating and Harriet Scott on the brand new Magic Radio Breakfast Show this morning.

When asked if he would be willing to play a Bond villain alongside Daniel Craig in the hotly anticipated 25th iteration of 007, the Co. Antrim native said he would “love to”.

He explained that he was never a fan of comic books as a child growing up in Ballymena but took a great interest in Bond and would jump at the chance to star in the iconic cinematic series.

The award-winning TV actor already has silver screen experience under his belt after starring as loveable dwarf Bofur in The Hobbit trilogy between 2012 and 2014.

He further threw his hat into the ring to score a role in a remake of another Hollywood classic, explaining: "I’d love to be in Butch Cassidy and the Sun Dance Kid".

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Elaborating on his secret desire to portray a Bond villain, James said: “I’d love to be in the movies. I’ve always loved Bond, all my life you know.

“I was saying earlier I was never really into comic books, I was never into kind of like fantasy but I loved Bond all my life and I think I have to say I think Daniel Craig has been incredible".

Speaking last year, Nesbitt said the ship had most likely sailed regarding his chances of playing the beloved Secret Services Agent himself.

“Five years ago, someone might have said I had a chance of being cast as the next James Bond,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

“But let's be honest, that dream is over.”