Strictly Come Dancing professional dancer Oti Mabuse has paid tribute to the first black female 007 agent in the new James Bond film, with the BBC show honouring the late Sir Sean Connery on the show.
Week three of Strictly Come Dancing marks Movie Week, with the celebrities and their professional partners dancing to routines inspired by films including Grease, Frozen II and The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
Tonight’s show opened with a Bond-themed dance by the professionals, paying homage to the 58-year-old film series.
The end of the routine saw Giovanni Pernice walk to face a full-length mirror, the professional dancer dressed in a white tux as 007 agent James Bond.
As the camera panned behind him, fellow professional dancer Oti was shown in the reflection of the mirror, dressed in a black pantsuit.
The signature Bond gun barrel then circled around Oti’s face, in clear tribute to actor Lashana Lynch, who is starring as the first black female 007 in the upcoming James Bond film No Time To Die.
Several Strictly viewers expressed their excitement over Oti’s appearance as 007 at the end of the masterful routine.
‘I just cried seeing Oti as 007,’ one person said.
‘Ooo I like what Strictly [has] done there with the mirror and Giovanni portraying Bond seeing a reflection of Lashana Lynch’s character Nomi by Oti,’ another fan remarked, adding that the dance had ‘excellent choreography’.
Following the opening dance routine by the professionals, co-host Tess Daly paid respects to Sir Sean, who died on 31 October at the age of 90.
‘Of course, we can’t do a number like that without mentioning Sean Connery, the original big screen Bond who very sadly passed away last week. Our thoughts go out to his family,’ she said.
No Time To Die, the 25th Bond film due to be released in April 2021 following delays, stars Lashana as newcomer Nomi, the new 007 agent.
Following the news of Sir Sean’s death, Daniel released a statement in his honour, which read: ‘It is with such sadness that I heard of the passing of one of the true greats of cinema.
‘Sir Sean Connery will be remembered as Bond and so much more. He defined an era and a style.’
Strictly Come Dancing airs at 7.25pm on Saturday nights on BBC One, with the results show taking place at 7.25pm on Sunday.
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