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Succession star Brian Cox may be better known for his villainous roles, but James Bond co-magnate Barbara Broccoli thinks he would have made a great 007.

Broccoli told Sky News: “He’s one of the greatest actors ever. I would just say he would have been a great Bond.”

The Controller surveys his contestants. Pic: Amreen Rooprai/Prime Video
Pic: Amreen Rooprai/Prime Video

Despite never getting the chance to test out that theory, the Scottish star is now hosting a new action gameshow based on the franchise.

Notoriously protective of its assets, the Bond producers say 007: Road To A Million – which takes nine everyday people through a series of Bond inspired challenges – was tempting enough to make an exception.

Broccoli says: “We loved the contestants, and we loved the concept. So, we gave it a go.”

Nine pairs of contestants travel the world to answer 10 questions – all in the hope of winning a £1m cash prize.

The couples come from all walks of life – including brothers, a husband and wife, a father and son, and ex-cops and nurses – and locations include Brazil, Chile, Switzerland and Jamaica.

So, what was the draw for Cox?

He tells Sky News: “I’ve always liked Bond… For me, it’s Sean Connery and Roger Moore. Those are my Bonds, my generation. Of course, it’s been carried on brilliantly, and Dan [Daniel Craig] did a great job.”

Brian Cox and Barbara Broccoli on the 007: Road To A Million red carpet. Pic: Ian West
Brian Cox and Barbara Broccoli. Pic: Ian West

The influence of the Bourne films

Despite never acting in a Bond movie himself, he says one of his past projects definitely had an impact on the franchise.

“They were very influenced by the Bourne films which I was in, and that kind of seemed to change Bond up a little bit.”

Cox played corrupt CIA operative Ward Abbott in 2002’s The Bourne Identity and 2004’s The Bourne Supremacy.

Now of course, he’s perhaps best known for playing the monstrous patriarch at the head of Waystar Royco in Succession.

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This notice was published: 2023-11-10 17:56:00

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