Thursday 8 December 2016

Live and let Dai? PM backing Welshman to be the next James Bond

Published 01/03/2016 | 15:41

Prime Minister David Cameron, accompanied by Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb (second left), hosts a St David's Day reception at Number 10, Downing Street in London.
Prime Minister David Cameron, accompanied by Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb (second left), hosts a St David's Day reception at Number 10, Downing Street in London.

The Prime Minister has waded into the discussion about who should be the next James Bond by suggesting it could be a Welshman - and offering up Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb for the leading role.

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His comments came after James Bond car maker Aston Martin announced it is opening a new factory in South Wales, creating more than 750 jobs.

Mr Cameron hailed the "fantastic" investment and said "there is a lot to be proud of" in the country, and a Welsh 007 would be another great achievement.

Speaking to a packed Downing Street reception to celebrate St David's Day, Mr Cameron suggested his young, bearded minister bore a resemblance to Hollywood heartthrob Russell Crowe, making him the perfect contender.

He said: "I think Stephen is absolutely right to mention Aston Martin, I think that is a fantastic investment for Wales - 700 jobs.

"We are now going to have the James Bond car built in Wales, all we need now is a Welsh James Bond.

"I always say to the Secretary of State, he looks a bit like Russell Crowe."

Turning from the chortling crowd and addressing the minister, he added: "You've always got to have a second career in politics Stephen, so..."

And while there were no Martinis served at the reception, guests could dig into Welsh cakes and a selection of cheeses, including caerphilly and cheddar, from organic farms in Pembrokeshire.

Mr Cameron said Wales was a "powerhouse" in culture, sport and agriculture, and is enjoying an "industrial renaissance".

Earlier, the Prime Minister met several volunteers who had won Downing Street's Points of Lights award, handed out to recognise the work they do for their communities.

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