Corries Stephen star says unlikely cobbles killer was inspired by James Bond

Corrie star Todd Boyce has revealed his performance as serial killer Stephen Reid is inspired by James Bond.

The actor, 62, has always wanted the character to be just like the late Sir Roger Moore during his stint as 007. He told the Daily Star: “James Bond is my inspiration… it’s Roger Moore, who doesn’t really want to mess up his dinner jacket or get his hair messed up.

“Sometimes he has to get into a bit of a scrap, but he wants to get back to his Martini. He's not really a trained fighter or a killer. It's all a bit of an inconvenience.

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"It’s just a shame it all went pear-shaped. That's kind of the type of guy he probably is. He's an unlikely serial killer.” Todd has become one of the most talked-about villains in Corrie history in recent months.

Last week he was named Best Villain at the Inside Soap Awards. He said: “It's nice to just get some recognition for a job well done. You doubt yourself until you get some distance from it.”

Crazed Stephen will continue his reign of terror on the ITV soap next week when he attacks Tim Metcalfe, played by Joe Duttine, 53. Todd recently revealed he felt "embarrassed" at Stephen's unmasking as his downfall looms.

Stephen has been rattled since the body of Leo (Joe Frost) was discovered, nearly one year after he was murdered by the businessman. The walls are continuing to close in on the Cobbles murderer.

Speaking to Daily Star, he said: "It's a lot of unmasking of Stephen. The more the walls close in, the more I as an actor feel embarrassed because all the other characters are now looking at me!"

At the end of August Stephen was seen making his possible exit from Weatherfield as Todd was filmed dashing through the airport. The character sped towards a ticket desk with only a black leather briefcase in his possession, suggesting he was making a quick exit and travelling light.

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