Strictly speaking: 007 is a sophisticated act

Above, an image of Brendan's new show. Below, Brendan teaching school children some dancing moves

Above, an image of Brendan's new show. Below, Brendan teaching school children some dancing moves

Things are busy in the Cole household. Firstly the Strictly stalwart’s wife Zoe gave birth to their first child on Christmas Day and secondly Brendan’s about to première his new James Bond-style stage show (writes Andrew Kay).

Until November the Vale’s most famous dancer was competing in the hit BBC TV series with double Olympic gold medal-winning cyclist Victoria Pendleton.

Since then, career wise, Brendan’s attention has turned to his new tour – which opens at his home theatre in Aylesbury this month.

“Obviously I won’t be running around doing stunts,” jokes the 36 year old New Zealander.

“But I love Bond, it’s 50 years on and the whole style is sophisticated. And there is something about Bond’s character.

“With this tour I wanted it to be more sophisticated and glamorous and a step up from last time. I wanted to make it something a little bit new.

“A couple of the big music tracks associated with Bond are being used and the lighting and costuming will be reflecting that as well.

“One of the big songs is Gladys Knight’s Licence To Kill, hence the title Licence To Thrill.

“There will also be a dance-off between the male dancers done with capes to Live And Let Die which I’m really excited about.”

The show features a 14-piece orchestra and six dancers, including Brendan’s brother Scott.

“When I’m on Strictly people don’t see the real you in the same way as you would when someone is one stage in front of you for two hours,” he said.

“It brings a nice family element and gives it a more personal touch. I think it allows the audience to see you as a real person.”

Alongside the James Bond style music the stage show includes waltzes, a foxtrot, tango jive and salsa.

“With the musical selection I also wanted to make sure that there was something to suit everyone’s taste,” said Brendan.

“So from Nat King Cole to Kylie Minogue to Michael Buble there is a real mix of artists and styles making it a very diverse show.”

Licence To Thrill will be the second time Brendan has performed at the Waterside.

He said: “It is such a great place and its my local theatre. It’s also great for the rehearsals to get everyone there.”

In June Brendan revealed on Twitter that he and his model wife Zoe Hobbs were expecting their first child.

Speaking to the Bucks Herald towards the end of December, Brendan said: “The baby has not been born yet, but it’s an exciting time.

“I have no idea what to expect, apart from the obvious. We are going to take it as it comes and do the best we can.”

Brendan broke news of the birth on Twitter, writing: “My wonderful wife and I had the best Christmas present ever.

“Our baby daughter arrived on Christmas Day. Zoe and baby doing great! Very precious.”

> Licence To Thrill premières at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre on Sunday January 20.

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