Harry Potter Works His Magic At Awards
Source: This Is North Scotland, 28th September 2007
Harry Potter worked his magic by taking three gongs at the inaugural National Movie Awards.
Daniel Radcliffe, 18, collected the title for best male performance for his leading role in Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix.
The star beat heartthrobs Orlando Bloom, Johnny Depp, Daniel Craig, and fellow Potter star Rupert Grint to the award, voted for by the public.
Emma Watson, 17, won the best female performance for her spellbinding role as Hermione Granger in the same movie, which also won the best family film title at the ceremony, which took place at the Royal Festival Hall in central London.
Daniel, who collected the award from Dame Helen Mirren, said it was “amazing” and “totally unexpected” to have beaten James Bond. “Daniel Craig is someone I look up to as an actor not just as James Bond,” he said.
“To have beaten James Bond is good and to have beaten (his co-star) Rupert is great.”
Asked whether he would like to play Bond in the future, Dan said: “I don’t think the world is ready for a short-a*** Bond.”
Asked who would be his leading lady if he played Bond he joked: “Rupert (Grint).
“I’m going to be the first gay James Bond and I want Rupert to be my first leading lady.”
“I’m joking,” he added.
Rupert congratulated his friend on winning the award and joked: “It must have been a fix.
“I didn’t expect to win – I think Daniel deserves it a lot more than me.”