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Sir Ian McKellen to star in James Bond in Radio 4 play

Sir Ian McKellen
McKellen is currently starring in Waiting for Godot in the West End

Sir Ian McKellen is to play the title role in a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Ian Fleming's Goldfinger.

The James Bond drama will also star Rosamund Pike as Pussy Galore and Toby Stephens as Bond.

Impressionist and actor Alistair McGowan will play the canny caddie, Hawker, during the famous golf scene.

The feature-length Saturday play follows Radio 4's 2008 adaptation of Dr No, which marked 100 years since Fleming's birth.

Classical actor and film star Tom Hollander, Alice in Wonderland actor Tim Pigott-Smith and American star Hector Elizondo will all perform cameos as New York gangsters.

Gold obsession

Martin Jarvis, who is also directing the play, is the voice of Fleming, while John Standing appears as M, the head of MI6.

The radio dramatisation will be faithful to the novel rather than the Goldfinger film.

The plot revolves around Bond's pursuit of Auric Goldfinger, an international criminal, who is masterminding a plan to rob Fort Knox.

The play will air on Radio 4 on 3 April.

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