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Andrew Scott at the revealing of the new James Bond film at Pinewood Studio in Buckinghamshire

Andrew Scott at the revealing of the new James Bond film at Pinewood Studio in Buckinghamshire

Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz at the revealing of the new James Bond film at pinewood Studio in Buckinghamshire

Daniel Craig and Christoph Waltz at the revealing of the new James Bond film at pinewood Studio in Buckinghamshire

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Andrew Scott at the revealing of the new James Bond film at Pinewood Studio in Buckinghamshire

The name's Scott, Andrew Scott.

He's better known for being the arch-nemesis of detective Sherlock Holmes - but the Dublin-born actor has landed another huge role after being unveiled as a key character in the next 007 movie, Spectre.

Scott was rumoured to be cast as a Bond villain but the actor - best known for his maniacal performances in the BBC1 drama series - will star as Denby, a member of Whitehall staff, in the latest release.

The actor joins Ralph Fiennes, Oscar winner Christoph Waltz and Daniel Craig, who will reprise his role as the secret agent. It is unclear if Scott's character will be working with or against the famous MI6 agent. At the launch he was giving little away.

"He's a human being. I play a human man, he's got black hair and brown eyes," he teased.

French actress Lea Seydoux and Italian star Monica Bellucci will become Bond girls for the latest outing of the British agent, which will see Daniel Craig reprise his role as 007 for a fourth time.

Details of the new film were unveiled at Pinewood Studios, the traditional production base for the movies and currently being used for rehearsals ahead of the start of filming next week. The film is named after the shadowy terrorist organisation created by Bond author Ian Fleming which first appeared in his novel Thunderball.

The title is an acronym for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Robotics and Extortion and is led by iconic Bond villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld.

Austrian actor Waltz is to play a character called Oberhausen - the name of the climbing and skiing instructor from Fleming's books who taught Bond while he was at Fettes College.

Mendes, who is in the director's chair for a second Bond film, said the team were "very excited to be on the verge of shooting" the next instalment. Seydoux has starred in films such as Blue Is The Warmest Colour and the 29-year-old has previously shared screen time with Waltz in Quentin Taratino's 2009 film Inglourious Basterds.

Bellucci (50) is familiar to cinemagoers through her roles in the likes of The Passion Of The Christ and The Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Other returning figures include Ralph Fiennes, who comes back as Gareth Mallory - the new M, whom film fans saw succeeding the character played by Dame Judi Dench in Skyfall.


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