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'I had a bad dose of nerves on the first day of Bond filming', admits Andrew Scott

Elaine McCahill

Published 23/10/2015 | 07:24

Andrew Scott has admitted he was nervous on the first day of filming the new Bond movie, Spectre.

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The Churchtown native plays Max Denbigh, the head of the Centre for National Security, in the blockbuster.

"It was quite scary," he said. "I've been doing this stuff for a few years, but this was different.

"We shot on the set of the MI5 offices and I felt like I was stepping into Bond history.

"It was fairly intimidating to look around and think, 'Wow, I'm in this rather than just watching'."

The 39-year-old also said he danced with joy when director Sam Mendes called him to say he had landed the part.

"A couple of days later I got a call offering me the role," he said.

"I did dance around a bit, I can't lie. I wasn't allowed to tell anyone for a while - just like all the things I do. I had to wait for the announcement event at Pinewood Studios with the cast.

"I knew right from the start that it was a big number I had to keep secret."

The Sherlock star said he feels Ireland is behind him as he stars in the biggest movie of his career to date.

I have felt it, the good will. I was home recently for the referendum results which was a great day in Ireland and for the movie IFTAs and it was a brilliant weekend," he said.

"People in, certainly Dublin, I think the whole country, people were in jubilant form.

"It's a great time for Ireland. I think there is a real confidence that's going to come out more.

"There's a new type of tiger roaring. It may not be the Celtic Tiger, but it's in people's spirits.

"There's a sense of confidence and I'm really happy to be part of that."

The actor said Spectre was a joy to work on and that tension on movie sets usually comes from a lacklustre script.

"Always on film sets, contrary to what people think of people arriving late or being drunk, usually the tension arises out of the script not being right, but Sam is forensic about it and we had a lot of time to rehearse beforehand," he said.

Karen Koster Meets Bond is on TV3 tonight at 8.30pm.

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