As the James Bond publicity machine went into overdrive this week, gay Strictly Come Dancing star Richard Arnold was given a mission worthy of 007 himself.
Fellow contestant Lisa Riley was so excited about the release of the MI6 agent’s latest adventure that she tweeted her showbiz reporter co-star to ask director Sam Mendes for a role as a Bond girl in the next film.
‘Does he want a fat girl who’s light on her feet in his next movie?? ASK HIM!!!’ she pleaded to Arnold at the Skyfall premiere in London on Tuesday (23 October).
Skyfall, which is Daniel Craig’s third outing as Bond, is released tomorrow (26 October).
Arnold, who returned to early mornings as showbiz editor on ITV’s Daybreak, is competing in the UK talent show with professional dancer Erin Boag.
Other celebrities competing in the series include Olympians Victoria Pendleton and Louis Smith, Girls Aloud singer Kimberley Walsh, cricketer Michael Vaughn, and performer Denise Van Outen.
Arnold is the only openly gay celebrity on the BBC show, while openly gay contestants on the ITV rival The X Factor include Lucy Spraggan, Jade Ellis and Rylan Clark.