BBC QT: Audience groans as Labour frontbencher says Starmer has qualities of James Bond

Keir Starmer 'would make a great Bond' says Streeting

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An audience member was allowed to squeeze in a light-hearted question towards the conclusion of BBC Question Time and asked the panel which politician they thought would make a good James Bond and Bond villain. Host Fiona Bruce turned to Wes Streeting for a good James Bond who pointed his finger towards Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer which left audience members groaning at the response. Mr Streeting acknowledged it was a “cringe” answer before adding Environment Secretary George Eustice, who was also on the panel, would make a good villain.

Speaking on Question Time, Mr Streeting was asked for his answer to the all-important question.

He told the show: “Well, look it’s been Labour Party conference this week and I’ve seen in Keir Starmer the steely qualities needed for the next Bond.

“[As a member of the shadow cabinet] you expect me to come out with that cringe-worthy line.

“But as for Bond villains, there’s no shortage! I mean George you would make a good Bond villain actually.

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“There’s a whole cast out there for potential Bond villains, I do [actually think] Priti Patel would revel in the Bond role.”

Other panellists were also asked for their verdict on the question.

Mr Eustice joked the answers would obviously go down party lines believed Jeremy Corbyn would be a good villain whereas he threw his backing behind Chancellor Rishi Sunak to be the next bond.

Love Island contestant Amy Hart revealed David Milliband or Andy Burnham would be her choice for Bond, adding she thinks they are “a bit dishy.”

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She agreed with Mr Streeting that Priti Patel would be a good villain and could picture her in a spinny chair with a cat.

But the audience was also invited to share their verdict with one guest believing Boris Johnson may make a good Q.

Another added Jacob Rees-Mogg could be a good villain.

One more audience member said Angela Rayner could make a good Bond girl called “Miss Scum”.

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Another joked Matt Hancock was not too busy and could take on the role as James Bond before Mr Streeting interjected and said people have tried to leave “that kind of Bond” behind them.

A guest gave a gushing tribute to now Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi for his work on the vaccine rollout with Gavin Williamson as a villain.

Sir Keir told ITV’s Good Morning Britain he was in favour of a woman taking over the 007 role from Daniel Craig.

The Labour leader said: “I don’t have a favourite Bond but I do think it’s time for a female Bond.”

Daniel Craig made his last appearance as the super spy with a licence to kill in No Time To Die, which received its world premiere in London this week.

His departure from the long-running franchise has prompted intense speculation as to who his successor might be.

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