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Actor Brian Cox will star as baddie ‘The Controller’ in new James Bond-inspired reality competition show

Brian Cox will star as ‘The Controller’ in new James Bond-inspired reality competition show 007’s Road To A Million which will come to Prime Video later this year. The Scottish actor, 76, is known for his role as foul-mouth tyrant Logan Roy in HBO’s Succession

And Brian’s new character seems to have similar characteristics, being described as ‘villainous’, ‘cultured’ and ‘enigmatic’. 

 

007’s Road to a Million will see contestants competing in teams of two on a global adventure, with prizes of up to £1million up for grabs. 

In addition to conquering obstacles, the contestants, who will compete in two-person teams, must correctly answer questions hidden in the different locations around the world to advance to the next challenge. 

New adventure: Succession star Brian Cox, 76, will play 'The Controller' in new James Bond-inspired reality show 007's Road To A Million

 

New adventure: Succession star Brian Cox, 76, will play ‘The Controller’ in new James Bond-inspired reality show 007’s Road To A Million

Claim to fame: Brian played patriarch and tyrant Logan Roy in HBO's drama Succession

The unscripted adventure series is designed to test contestants’ intelligence and endurance, while Cox’s The Controller will control their fate. 

Brian said: ‘I got to see how ordinary people would cope with being on a James Bond adventure. 

‘As they travel the world to some of the most iconic Bond locations, it gets more intense and nail-biting. 

‘I enjoyed my role as both villain and tormentor, with license to put the hopeful participants through the mangle.’

A preview image for the show shows Cox as a sinister presence reigning over the show, as he is pictured ominously next to a dagger and a bound book, representing his intellect. 

A description of his character reads: ‘The Controller is villainous and cultured, and revels in the increasingly difficult journeys and questions the contestants must overcome. 

‘He has millions of pounds to give away—up to £1m per couple—but he doesn’t make it easy. Whilst he lurks in the shadows, he is watching and controlling everything.’

'Well that's a bit early': Succession patriarch Logan Roy was long rumored to pass on this current season of the show, but fans were shocked to learn the Waystar Royco founder had met his maker only on episode three

 

‘Well that’s a bit early’: Succession patriarch Logan Roy was long rumored to pass on this current season of the show, but fans were shocked to learn the Waystar Royco founder had met his maker only on episode three

Last year Amazon bought MGM Studios, which distributes Bond, for $8.45billion. 

It comes after the Succession star broke his silence on the shocking twist in episode three of the recent series. 

Succession patriarch Logan Roy was long rumoured to pass on this current season of the show, but fans were shocked to learn the Waystar RoyCo founder had met his maker only on episode three.

Speaking with the New York Times, Brian Cox, the actor who plays the media mogul, shared the moment he learned his character would die.

Cox imagined his character would pass later into the season, and was surprised to learn it would occur only three episodes in. 




 

‘[The show’s creator Jesse Armstrong,] He called me, and he said, “Logan’s going to die.” And I thought, “Oh, that’s fine.” I thought he would die in about Episode 7 or 8, but Episode 3, I thought… “Well that’s a bit early,”‘ he admitted. ‘Not that I was bothered.’

Speaking of the sudden death of one of the most crucial characters on the show, he said: ‘Well, they had to end it somehow, and it was Jesse’s choice. 

Brian Cox reveals how he kept THAT ‘Succession’ twist a secret
‘I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, the problem with a lot of television, particularly American television, is it goes past its sell-by date.

‘And the great thing about Jesse and the writers is they wouldn’t do that. It was difficult for them because it wasn’t easy to bring this to an end. And I think Jesse found it sad — at the premier, somebody shouted out, “Well, if it was so sad, why did you do it?”

‘But I think there are lots of reasons for Jesse finishing it. And I applaud the fact that he did that. It was courageous because everybody loves the show. Always leave the party when it’s at its height, not when it’s going down.’

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