<em>Strictly Come Dancing</em> keen to make 007 a dancer

Daniel Craig (AP)
Daniel Craig (AP)
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Los Angeles - Strictly Come Dancing bosses are reportedly keen to sign Daniel Craig to next year's celebrity line-up.

The producers are desperate to secure the James Bond hunk for the next series of the BBC One ballroom and latin programme, which will hit screens next September, as they believe his fancy footwork will heat up the competition.

A source told the Daily Star newspaper: "What a coup to get 007 on the dance floor. The professional girl dancers would all be fighting to be partnered with him."

And the 47-year-old actor will no doubt be one of the front runners as he previously learnt to jive in 2003 when he played Ted Hughes opposite Gwyneth Paltrow in Sylvia.

Celebrity choreographer Jack Murphy, who taught him how to dance for the film, told the Radio Times magazine at the time: "I was nervous because he's an actor I hold in high esteem, but he was a fine dancer!"

Meanwhile, Jack believes Strictly Come Dancing has encouraged people to fall in love with the sport again and given them the boost they need to climb off their sofas.

He said: "Dance halls have disappeared - for one reason because space became too expensive. But I think we're ready to bring them back. The brilliance of Strictly means that the British public have fallen in love with ballroom dancing again. Now all we have to do is get them off the sofa and into the arms of each other. In order to do that they need the space in which to dance."