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Bond 50: Richard Kiel, Britt Ekland, Eunice Gayson interview - video

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Stars of the James Bond movie franchise have spoken to Digital Spy as the film series celebrates its 50th year.

Richard Kiel (Jaws), Britt Ekland (Mary Goodnight) and Eunice Gayson (Sylvia Trench) discussed the 007 movies with DS at Stoke Park, the hotel, spa and country club featured in both 1964's Goldfinger and 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies.


Gayson, who played Trench in the first two Bond movies, said of her co-star Sean Connery: "The British film industry owes Sean quite a lot, I think, because he single-handedly brought about recognition that British actors could be 'world sexy'."

Ekland and Kiel also praised their 007 actor Roger Moore, with the latter describing Moore's seven-movie stint as "a good era".

"He was the most successful in terms of longevity and doing the most films," said Kiel, who played the villainous Jaws in both 1977's The Spy Who Loved Me and 1979's Moonraker.

Ekland, who starred in 1974's The Man With The Golden Gun, added: "[Roger] was also very good-looking and I think he also didn't shy away from being Bond. Some of the Bond [actors] have done [the films] but also wanted to be 'serious actors' on the side and that combination hasn't worked so well."

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Kiel also admitted to being a fan of current Bond star Daniel Craig, who will play the secret agent for a third time in the forthcoming Skyfall.

"I am [a fan of Craig's] - I thought Casino Royale was one of the best Bond movies," said the 7ft star. "Change is good - it keeps it fresh, it keeps it different, it keeps it going."

Watch the trailer for Skyfall below:


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