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Sunday 4 December 2016

Dubliner and James Bond villain Andrew Scott to play a spy in children's movie

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Andrew Scott
Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott had hoped for a holiday once he wrapped filming on his new Bond film, Spectre, but the actor has gone straight on to the set of his new movie.

The Dundrum native has been cast as a secret agent called Lazlow in an adaptation of Arthur Ransome's adventure story, Swallows and Amazons.

The story follows four children dreaming of an escape from the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother.

When finally given permission to camp on their own on a remote island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed but they must battle for ownership of the island.

Scott (38) says this new role "is a different kettle of fish" to his role as menacing Moriarty in Sherlock.

"He's a very charismatic character, and there is humour and warmth in the character," he told Variety.

"It's a great part; it's very witty. It's a very attractive character to play, so I'm delighted to be on board.

"The chief reason I'm on board is because I love the storyline," he said.

"That's the thing that attracts me to any project - a great script and a really good story.

"I'm delighted that this is a film that my godchildren can come and watch, because some of the stuff I've done before has been a bit adult-themed.

"But standards have to be very high because children have very good instincts for what is believable and relevant."

While he is looking forward to playing a spy, he doesn't believe actors would make good spies in real life.

"There are certain similarities between acting and being a spy," he admitted.

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"But I think there's a great myth because actually most actors are terrible, terrible liars.

"What with doing Bond for the past six months and being in that world, I've come to realise it's a very different world, contrary to what people might think," he added.

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