WITH the rugged good looks, suave sophistication and smiling glint, it’s no surprise that James Purefoy was twice in the frame to fill the most iconic tuxedo in the film industry.
But while he may have never got the chance to play the part of 007, the actor is currently delighting and tormenting viewers as one of the most enigmatic super-villains ever to hit television.
James is terrorising living rooms all over the world as serial killer cult leader Joe Carroll, the stand out psycho in the hit Sky Atlantic series The Following, which stars Kevin Bacon as a former FBI agent trying to stop him.
The hit show was a sensation when it aired on telly earlier this year and the DVD box set is released tomorrow, ahead of the season two launch in January.
James took time out from filming to chat to 7Nights about his dream part – the English-born psycho professor Joe, who is handsome, charming and enigmatic – as well as the amazingly fiendish plot.
In fact, he is a bit like the best Bond villain who has never been.
He said: “Like the best villains, he has a lot of charm and an elegant turn of phrase.
“One of the actresses said to me during The Following that she felt she was doing a scene with James Bond’s b*****d son. And that’s what it’s like – he is like James Bond gone bad.
“I still get asked about Bond all the time but I am clearly over the hill for him now.
“And that particular ship has sailed with the very successful Daniel Craig at the helm.”