Was Roger Moore the greatest Bond? Taron Egerton certainly thinks so. When the Welsh actor took on the role of bad-boy-turned-spy Gary "Eggsy" Unwin in Kingsman (the sequel is out next month) he watched Moore's outings for inspiration.
"Moore was aware Bond was silly," says the 27-year-old. "He openly said, 'I can't run,' and neither can I. That vulnerability is cool."
Not that Kingsman is meant to be a direct send-up. Eggsy's East London twang draws the film away from Ian Fleming's world. "No one wants a My Fair Lady thing because no one believes that it's better to speak properly any more." His dramatic instincts have been vindicated. See him in a slew of Hollywood films - Robin Hood with Jamie Foxx, Billionaire Boys Club alongside Kevin Spacey - keeping the British end up... as Bond would say.
Data hitTaron Egerton contends that Roger Moore was the best Bond, but he wasn't the deadliest. That honour goes to Pierce Brosnan with 135 kills across four films.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out on 20 September
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