Dublin actor Andrew Scott has revealed it was "strange" playing James Bond's boss in the upcoming 007 movie, Spectre.
It was originally believed that the Churchtown native would be playing the villain in the 24th spy movie but the 38-year-old has taken on the role of Denbigh - one of Bond's Whitehall bosses - in the new film.
"I'm very happy to be there. It was a little strange at the beginning; I kept hearing the Bond theme in the back of my mind, but it's fine now," he said.
"I've worked with [director] Sam Mendes before and he creates a very nice atmosphere on set."
The new film is currently being shot in Pinewood Studios in the UK, Morocco, Mexico City and Austria.
Oscar-winning Austrian actor Christoph Waltz is the villain to Daniel Craig's Bond and Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci are set to be the new Bond girls in the film, which is slated for release this November.
Scott, who has previously appeared in Irish movies The Stag and Garage, lives in London but is very proud of his roots.
"Being Irish is so much a part of who I am, and when you're abroad, you become even more aware of that, actually," he said.
"You identify even more strongly with being Irish because everyone else around you isn't.
"And I still believe that the storytelling culture in Ireland is really strong, and it's important that we make Irish films," he added.
Scott is also well known for playing Moriarty in BBC drama Sherlock.
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