James Bond star Colin Salmon waltzes out of Strictly Come Dancing


Goldenbye: James Bond star Colin Salmon waltzes out of Strictly Come Dancing

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20:49 GMT, 4 November 2012

Former James Bond actor Colin Salmon is the latest star to waltz out of Strictly Come Dancing.

The 49-year-old and his partner Kristina Rihanoff were in the dreaded dance-off against Richard Arnold and Erin Boag after the judges' scores were combined with votes from the viewers.

Colin, who starred in three James Bond films during Pierce Brosnan's 007 era, seemed neither shaken nor stirred before the dance – saying he was going to 'have lots of fun'.

One last lift: Former James Bond star Colin Salmon is the latest star to waltz out of Strictly Come Dancing

One last lift: Former James Bond star Colin Salmon is the latest star to waltz out of Strictly Come Dancing

Richard went first, and put on a better performance than his much maligned dance on Saturday – which judge Craig Revel Horwood called a 'disaster'.

Salmon, who was in the bottom two last weekend, performed the foxtrot once more, but the dance didn't impress the judges.

Kicked out: Colin and his partner Kristina Rihanoff gave it their during their dance

Kicked out: Colin and his partner Kristina Rihanoff gave it their all during their dance

The last fox-trot: Salmon was in the dance off the week before as well

The last fox-trot: Salmon was in the dance off the week before as well

Three of the four judges from the BBC1 show chose to save TV presenter Arnold.

Craig Revel Horwood noted: 'One couple was better in the dance off, one couple was worse.' – before plumping to save Richard.

Darcey Bussell said: 'I find this so hard, as i wouldn't have any of these couples in the dance off.'

She also voted to save Ricard, as did Bruno Tonioli.

Salmon accepted his exit with good grace.

Dreaded dance off: Colin Salmon was up against Richard Arnold

Dreaded dance off: Colin Salmon was up against Richard Arnold on Sunday's results show

Final two: Craig Revel Horwood voted Richard into the next round - as did two other judges

Final two: Craig Revel Horwood voted Richard into the next round – as did two other judges

Dignified exit: Colin Salmon called it 'ne of the greatest shows I've ever been involved in'

Dignified exit: Colin Salmon called it 'one of the greatest shows I've ever been involved in'

He said: I've got to say without question, this is one of the greatest shows I've ever been involved in.

'The quality of the competitors this year is seminal. Judges – I respect everything that's been said, what you do is knowledge.

'Anybody who is out there who may
have doubts, you have to understand that this is a discipline beyond
anything we understand. So I accept with grace this decision.

'I'm going to miss Kristina, she
is an amazing dancer, a pre-eminent dancer in her field, she's taught me
many, many things. That's going to be the biggest thing.'

Comforting each other: Colin and Richard embrace each other as the 007 star was voted out

Comforting each other: Colin and Richard embrace each other as the 007 star was voted out

Much better: Richard Arnold Erin Boag gave an improved performance after Saturday's much maligned dance

Much better: Richard Arnold and Erin Boag gave an improved performance after Saturday's much maligned dance

Hard to watch: Darcey Bussell looked upset when Colin talked about his exit

Hard to watch: Darcey Bussell looked upset when Colin gave his interview after he was voted out of the show

Dancing through to the next round: Richard Arnold is back next week after an improved dance

Dancing through to the next round: Richard Arnold is back next week after an improved dance

Darcey seemed upset as Colin spoke – with the 007 star performing his final dance to One Republic's Aologize.

As
the results were being read out by Tess Daley earlier, Dani Harmer jumped so hard at
hearing that she was safely through she feared she had pulled a neck
injury.

However, she insisted she was going to be alright.

License to thrill no more: Colin receives a hug from his dancing partner

License to thrill no more: Colin receives a hug from his dancing partner

Lisa Riley looked visibly relieved
after she was safely placed into the next round – insisting afterwards
that she was convinced she was going into the deadlock.

The show also featured a performance from boyband sensations The Wanted.

Singing I Found You, the band were almost drowned out a times by the screams from the crowd.

Opera star Andrea Bocelli also performed – singing Nessun Dorma.

Opera star Andrea Bocelli also performed - singing Nessun Dorma.

Opera star Andrea Bocelli also performed – singing Nessun Dorma

Show stopping: Wanted wowed the crowd with a performance of their new song I Found You

Show stopping: Wanted wowed the crowd with a performance of their new song I Found You

Comfort: Salmon and Kristina Rihanoff hug it out

Comfort: Salmon and Kristina Rihanoff hug it out following Saturday's dance

Dancing with joy: Kimberley Walsh seems happy with her Saturday dance - posting this picture on Twitter

Dancing with joy: Kimberley Walsh seems happy with her Saturday dance – posting this picture on Twitter