Sir Ian McKellen is to star in a BBC Radio Four adaptation of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel, Goldfinger.
Sir Ian McKellen is to star in a BBC Radio Four adaptation of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novel, Goldfinger. The adaptation of the novel by Radio Four follows the success of 2008’s Dr. No by the station which marked the 100th anniversary of Fleming’s birth. Sir Ian McKellen will be joined in the play by actress Rosamund Pike as Pussy Galore with Toby Stephens as the James Bond. Also amongst the cast of the radio play will be impressionist Alistair McGowan, Tim Pigott-Smith, Tom Hollander, Hector Elizondo and John Standing. Martin Jarvis, who was announced yesterday as joining the cast of EastEnders, has directed the play.
The radio adaptation is faithful to Fleming’s novel unlike the film version of 1964 which starred Sean Connery, Honor Blackman and former Carry On actress Shirley Eaton. The play will air on Radio Four on 3rd April. Actor Sir Ian McKellen is known for his range of roles with the Royal Shakespeare Company and for his film credits which include Lord of the Rings and X-Men. On television he appeared, in an extended guest-stint, in ITV’s Coronation Street playing con-man Mel in 2005.