Bond star in Heartbeat

GOATHLAND residents may well have rubbed shoulders with the new James Bond when he had a pint in the Aidensfield Arms.

Daniel Craig, the actor playing the new 007 in the just-released Casino Royale, appeared in an episode of Heartbeat shown on television on 31 October 1993.

But rather than his now trademark martini, Walther PPK and dinner jacket he can be seen sat at the bar nursing an empty pint of bitter.

Unsurprisingly, there are also very few Bond-style girls in the episode and to add insult to injury PC Nick Rowan – played by Nick Berry – even appears to pinch one of the future Bond's crisps.

His role in the 1993 Heartbeat story was a far cry from his present one as intrepid hero of the new film.

He played thwarted lover Peter Begg, whose granny Mary Begg was found dead in her cottage one morning by his old flame, Susan Siddons.

Peter lived in Birmingham but came back to Aidensfield for his granny's funeral only to find that Susan, whom he still loved, was due to be married.

Angry at his discovery, he broke into Susan's home, stole her wedding presents, threw them into nearby bushes and trashed the wedding flowers in the church – obviously he was both shaken and stirred.

But although at least two present Goathland residents were acting as extras in Heartbeat at that time they have no recollection of Mr Craig.

Whitby Gazette correspondent Monica Urquhart was an extra in Heartbeat stories from 1991 until about five years ago.

She doesn't remember the episode but among her recollections as an extra was one when they recorded a carol service in St Mary's Church.

And she agreed that it's probable Mr Craig will have also been in St Mary's for the filming of the episode he appeared in.

Resident Peter Wainwright has appeared in 191 Heartbeat episodes but he cannot recall the Daniel Craig one either.

You can watch the clip of him in the show by clicking here