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First look at Irish star's role in new Bond film

MoviesBy Esther McCarthy
Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott

Irish actor Andrew Scott is poised to reap the benefits of starring in one of the most successful films ever when Spectre opens in cinemas tomorrow.

The Dubliner has a scene-stealing role in the new James Bond movie, as a senior national security figure who clashes with the 007 agent. 

And he’s getting rave reviews for his performance in the blockbuster, which has its world premiere in London tomorrow night. 

Irish movie-goers were among the first in the world to see the film when it was previewed in Dublin city centre late on Friday night. 

Insiders reckon it will even smash the record of its predecessor Skyfall – currently the 13th highest-grossing film in movie history – which took over $1.1billion across the globe. 

The new movie will seal Andrew’s star status, after he became a household name as the evil Moriarty in hit TV series Sherlock. 

It’s also set to make a star out of the beautiful French actress Lea Seydoux, who shines as one of the best Bond girls of recent times.

David Bautista, Sam Mendes, Christoph Waltz and Andrew

Andrew admitted he danced in celebration after learning he’d won the role. 

“I did dance around a bit, I can’t lie,” he said this week. 

“I wasn’t allowed to tell anyone for a while. We went on to the set and I felt like I was stepping into Bond history.”

He said that being on such a big film was initially terrifying. 

“For a couple of days, I was like: ‘oh Jesus Christ’. But I have some really funny lines, which is absolutely essential for me.” 

Irish fans were among the first in the world to see Spectre this weekend when it was previewed to invited guests. 

British actor Daniel Craig – who has strongly hinted that this fourth Bond outing will be his last – will take to the red carpet in London for tomorrow’s premiere.

He’ll be joined by Ralph Fiennes, who replaces Judi Dench as M in the film, Scott, and stunning Bond women Seydoux, Naomie Harris and Monica 
Bellucci. 

Of the three, it’s sultry French actress Seydoux who steals Bond’s heart – and the movie – as Dr Madeleine Swann, a scientist with connections to the agent’s past. 

Movie insiders say that Spectre will battle with the forthcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens to become the most successful film in the world this year. 

Irish film fans are in for a treat on both counts. Spectre opens here tomorrow, almost two weeks before its U.S. release, while we’ll also get to see Star Wars a day before most countries in the world when it opens in December.