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Mikkelsen lied in Bond audition

Mads Mikkelsen has admitted he pretended to be a James Bond fan when he auditioned for Casino Royale.

The Danish actor confessed he had never seen 007 in action but didn't want to tell that to movie bosses when he tried out for the role of Le Chiffre opposite Daniel Craig's spy in the 2006 film.

Asked if he was a Bond fan before being cast, he said: "I can't say I was because I'd never seen a Bond film. I did lie at the audition and I said 'Yes, I love that one' and 'I remember that one'.

"I actually hadn't seen any of them. I've seen them all now, and I am a big fan now."

The Hannibal star, 49, also told how much fun he had shooting the scene in which he tortures the agent.

"It was a beautiful day for me, and there was probably a little suffering for him. We shot that for 10 or 11 hours, so it was very exhausting for him to go into this panic mode every single time, but it was enjoyable," he said.

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