Irish star should be the next James Bond, says actor who played Ross Poldark in the original BBC series.
Aidan Turner is being backed to be James Bond by the man who played the original Poldark.
Robin Ellis had women swooning in the role of Ross Poldark in the 1970s version of the BBC series.
And he thinks the Irish actor has all the qualities needed to take over from Daniel Craig as the world-famous spy.
Robin, 74, who plays the Reverend Halse in the Poldark remake said: “I like Aidan. I think he’s doing a wonderful job as Ross. He looks great and has a brooding presence. He’s registered enormously with the public, and that’s terrific.
“I think he’d be an excellent Bond. Aidan is a good actor, and the first 007, Sean Connery, was a very good actor. Aidan is quite capable of doing that part. Good luck to him if he gets it. I’ll be very pleased for him.”
Like Aidan, Robin became an international heart-throb after playing the rugged landowner and he also nearly landed the role of Bond as Roger Moore’s replacement.
Speaking about his audition, he said: “I turned up in a very smart suit I’d had made for me by a top tailor and I thought I looked pretty Bondish, but I’d played a character in The Europeans [a 1979 movie] who was diffident and couldn’t make up his mind about anything, and I think one of the Broccoli family saw me in that and thought, ‘Oh, we can’t have him!’”
Aidan, 33, currently in Cornwall filming series three of the show, might be one of the favourites to land the role of Bond but he is keen to play the speculation down as “just rumours”. The actor’s competition for 007 includes Idris Elba, Tom Hiddleston and Michael Fassbender.
The second episode of series two was slammed by fans for not showing Aidan topless. But Robin thinks it’s all about context.
He said: “I think Aidan took his shirt off [in the first series] for valid reasons. It was a very hot summer, he was scything away, he got very hot, so naturally as Ross he took his shirt off.”