Looking smooth, sophisticated but with an edge of danger, Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole is in his element as he throws himself into HELLO!’s James Bond-inspired photoshoot.
"I like the suave, debonair Bond played by Sean Connery, but my favourite is Daniel Craig,” says Brendan as we catch up with him ahead of the new series of Strictly and his own Licence to Thrill show.
"Roger Moore was great, too. When he was asked to name his favourite Strictly dancer, he replied, ‘My wife likes Anton [du Beke], but I prefer that John McEnroe-type character, Brendan.’ That was a great compliment.”
It’s just one of hundreds of accolades the professional dancer has received during his eight-year tenure on the celebrity dance contest, during which he has partnered some of the show’s most glamorous contestants, including Natasha Kaplinsky, Kelly Brook, Lisa Snowdon, Michelle Williams and Jo Wood.
This series, the tenth, he is paired with Olympic cycling champion Victoria Pendleton and has high hopes of a gold-winning performance.
For the full interview with Brendan, and to see the fantastic photo shoot pick up this week's HELLO!, on sale now.
For tour dates, visit brendancole.com. Video: Sven Arnstein