When I am singing Goldfin­ger, it’s like Shirley Bassey is on my shoul­der


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You are tak­ing to the road soon with The Mu­sic Of Bond Tour. What can au­di­ences ex­pect?

THE Bond con­certs are one of my favourites. I love these ab­so­lutely huge and iconic Bond songs.

It’s re­ally fun. I’m per­form­ing with Tim Howar and I can of­ten see the au­di­ence mim­ing at con­certs and I feel they want to sing along with us.

West End Live, a free week­end of mu­si­cal theatre, took place at Trafal­gar Square re­cently and per­form­ers from ev­ery mu­si­cal came along.

Tim came in all his Phantom Of The Opera gear and he has just the best voice. It’s mind-blow­ing.

He can change styles for the rock stuff in the Bond movies and the bal­lads.

Do you en­joy the glam­our of the Bond con­certs?

(LAUGHS) I have to find a spec­tac­u­lar frock, put on the red lip­stick and be the best Bond girl I can be.

I al­ways take spare dresses be­cause some­times you pull on a dress you usu­ally love and you just know it’s not work­ing this time so I pick out one of the other five I’ve brought along in­stead.

I try not to take too much with me for con­certs, but I do have a steam in­haler. It’s great if your voice is tired or you’re feel­ing un­der the weather.

Is it easy to feel over­whelmed by leg­endary songs like Di­a­monds Are For­ever, Goldfin­ger and Moon­raker?

I FEEL a bit of pres­sure. I love Goldfin­ger. It’s tremen­dous and as soon as the or­ches­tra starts play­ing it you can hear a sigh in the au­di­ence as they go ‘I like this one’.

(Laughs) Goldfin­ger is of­ten my first song and it’s like Shirley Bassey is up there on my shoul­der say­ing ‘Come on there, open up those lungs’. She’s so epic and she’s still got it.

There’s been talk that the new 007 should be a woman. Could you see your­self with a li­cence to kill?

(LAUGHS) I’d love to say yes, but I’d prob­a­bly be the e com­edy side­kick in a 007 movie. I’d prob­a­bly go down that route.

As I get older though I feel I am open to new chal­lenges. I’d re­ally like to do a play. I’d like to do some­thing that chal­lenges me in a dif­fer­ent way.

I rely on my voice and burst­ing into song, but I’d love to do some­thing a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent and un­ex­pected.

I did my own ra­dio show on Magic FM and loved that and it would be great to do some­thing re­ally fun and un­ex­pected.

Maybe I could black out a tooth and play Madame Thé­nardier in Les Misérables.

You are the first and only per­former to have played both lead­ing roles of Glinda and El­phaba in the hit mu­si­cal Wicked! What was it like be­ing green?

WEIRDLY I felt re­ally won­der­ful. w The make-up ma cov­ers ev­ery­thing ev­ery up but you have to find the right shade of green to suit you.

You put it on and sud­denly you feel like you can take on the world.

Mind you, later you’d still be finding bits of green be­hind your ears or in your hair and you’d have a greeny twinge to your skin on the train trav­el­ling home.

I would cleanse twice. Once in the theatre as soon as I came off stage and again when I got home.

My skin was prob­a­bly the best it had been in years be­cause of the show ... but you would look down and see green fin­ger­nails.

You have ap­peared in many fa­mous mu­si­cals. What have been some of your high­lights?

I HAVE had so many won­der­ful mo­ments – Wicked!, of course, and Guys & Dolls at Pic­cadilly Theatre in Lon­don with the lovely Pa­trick Swayze play­ing Nathan.

The whole cast was so close and we had such a good time on that show.

I also re­turned to the mu­si­cal later to play Miss Ade­laide on the UK tour.

(Chuck­les) I have a habit of go­ing back into mu­si­cals. I’ve not done mu­si­cals re­cently and have been dip­ping in and out of work be­cause I now have a lit­tle two-year-old girl called Wil­low Rose. She’s adapted to go­ing here, there and ev­ery­where.

She’s my pri­or­ity now and she comes along with me in my car when she can and she’s been back­stage at the Royal Al­bert Hall.

We didn’t know any­one with the name Wil­low when we chose it, but now there seem to be so many dogs in the park called Wil­low and tonnes of girls with the same name.

It sounds clichéd, but you have a very dif­fer­ent out­look on life when you be­come a par­ent. It’s so much more than just per­form­ing.

Did you start per­form­ing your­self at a young age?

I STARTED danc­ing when I was three. It was a lovely lit­tle hobby that I loved do­ing.

My par­ents were of the no­tion that you can stop when you don’t en­joy do­ing it. At 12 I au­di­tioned for the choir in Joseph And The Amaz­ing Tech­ni­color Dream­coat at the Pal­la­dium and that was the mo­ment for me. That’s when I re­alised I want to be do­ing this for my ca­reer.

I left school at 16 be­cause there was noth­ing else I wanted to do. There was noth­ing else I loved more.

It could have been a dis­as­ter, but I was very lucky. I had lots of ca­reer teach­ers telling me ‘it’s too hard, you won’t make it’.

Where do you now feel most at home?

WE’VE just moved to Brighton and I’m loving be­ing out­doors.

Wil­low is run­ning out­side and get­ting fresh air.

We even went to Devil’s Dyke re­cently for a nice walk and a pic­nic. It’s lovely.

The Mu­sic Of Bond tour be­gins on Septem­ber 28. Go to ray­mondgub­bay.co.uk for venue and ticket de­tails or call the na­tional ticket hot­line on 0844 847 2319 (book­ing fees ap­ply). Calls cost 7p per minute plus your net­work ac­cess charge.

Louise Dearman

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West End per­former Tim Howar

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