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Joan Collins turned down I’m a Celeb

Dame Joan Collins says appearing on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! simply isn’t her a “cup of tea”.

Dame Joan Collins turned down I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, despite being offered a “massive” sum of money.

The 82-year-old acting legend has revealed ITV bosses once approached her about joining a host of other stars in the Australian jungle. While some people would have jumped at the chance to bank an impressive pay cheque, Joan didn’t give it much consideration.

"I was offered a massive amount of money about three years ago, and I kindly turned them down,” Joan told the Press Association. “It's not my cup of tea. It's just not me."

The Dynasty actress went on to explain that she is a huge fan of BBC show Strictly Come Dancing, which also features high-profile celebrities each year. Although she loves watching the couples take to the floor in glamorous outfits, she wouldn’t consider taking part in that show either.

"I love it,” Joan said of Strictly. “Well now there's real glamour. Nothing could be more glamorous than Strictly."

While the actress has no plans to sign up for a reality show anytime soon, there is one role she would love to land. Joan has been inspired by 51-year-old Monica Bellucci, who plays the role of Bond girl Lucia Sciarra in new 007 movie Spectre. She previously had to turn down a part in the iconic spy franchise, but thinks she would still prove a great foe to womanising assassin James Bond.

“I was asked to be a Bond girl many years ago in Goldfinger but I didn't fancy being painted gold,” Joan told Britain’s The Sun newspaper. “It's a pity I didn't do that, it would have been quite iconic…

“I would love to be a Bond villain. Who wouldn't? What actress wouldn't? I would be good - I would be a b**chy Bond villain.”

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