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James Martin's relationship history - savage Bond brainiac dumping and refusal to marry

James Martin has led a wonderful career in the food and TV game, but he also has an intriguing life away from the camera too. He hit headlines this week over his decision to split from famous ex Barbara Broccoli in 2008.James, 49, who made his name on the cooking show circuit and is in the restaurant business himself, said there had been an 'imbalance' between them.He said that this imbalance led him to realise that things wouldn’t work out between him and his beau from across the pond.
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Saturday Morning chef James Martin on why he split from Bond star ex Barbara Broccoli
James Martin, 49, once dated Hollywood legend Barbara Broccoli, who is 12 years his senior.The Saturday Kitchen chef addressed why he called it quits with the James Bond producer back in 2008.James met Barbara, 61, at a charity auction and recalled how the pair “instantly clicked”.The pair went on to date for five years before they finally went their separate ways, with James admitting that there would always be “an imbalance” between them.James, who opened up about their break-up in 2008, confessed that the worlds they came from were just too different. The chef recalled often feeling starstruck in the presence of Hollywood stars like Bond Girl Halle Berry or Nicole Kidman.While James enjoyed plenty of gifts from Barabra over the years, he described how her generosity was eventually the straw that broke the camel’s back.Barbara, who has an estimated net worth of $400 million, had showered him with some incredible presents – including three genuine Picassos.But when she tried to buy James an £180,000 Aston Martin DBS with the chassis number 007, it all became too much for the British TV chef. “It wasn’t as if it was my birthday or Christmas – it was just a spur of the moment thought,” he wrote.“In the end I said, ‘If I want something, I’ll work for it. Just drop it or we’re going to fall out over this’.“It was a defining moment in our relationship.
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'Just drop it' James Martin admits he turned down £180,000 gift from Hollywood ex
James Martin, 49, is known for hosting his ITV show Saturday Kitchen every weekend. However, fans may not know about the star’s previous relationship with Hollywood producer Barbara Broccoli.The chef dated the James Bond producer after meeting her in 2001.They first met when Martin was auctioned off to cook her a meal at a charity fundraiser.After making a meal for her and her friends, the pair hit it off and organised to see each other again.The pair dated for four and a half years, which Martin called “surreal” and “exciting”.In an unearthed piece, Martin opened up about some of the extravagant gifts she gave him during their relationship.Writing for the Daily Mail back in 2008, he explained she’d gifted him three Picasso paintings.As well as this, she’d offered to buy him a “state-of-the-art Aston Martin DBS, chassis number 007, costing an eye-watering £180,000.”While Martin explained they had a great relationship, he admitted he turned down the pricey gift.He recalled how when they’d been at the dealership, Barbara had begun to buy him the car when he asked her not to.Martin explained: “I told her not to be so ridiculous but she was already saying: 'Yes, we'll have it black, with black interior, and we'll have the chassis number 007.'“I continued to say: 'No, we won't.' Barbara replied: 'Why not? If you want it we'll get it.'“I tried to explain to her that you can't just give someone a £180,000 car as a gift.
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'Who knows?’ Judi Dench shares potential problem if next James Bond played by a woman
Saga Magazine, the acting legend was quizzed about if the role should be played by a woman.This comes after Daniel Craig appeared for the final time in the role last year.When asked about potential casting, Judi replied: “As things go, that’s fine.“But then should you call it ‘By Ian Fleming?’ Who knows?”The Oscar-winner also admitted she would not have wanted to play the super spy herself.Asked if she would have taken on the role, she replied: “Certainly not!“I haven’t got the energy to do all that jumping off the roof and onto motorbikes.”Elsewhere, in her chat with Saga Magazine, she admitted she didn’t mind being replaced by Ralph.Judi added: “I don’t mind hearing someone else in the role.“They said I cried when I stopped being M - I didn’t”“I’d done it eight times, it was high time someone else had a go.”The conversation about who will be the next Bond has been heating up since No Time To Die was released.The producers have been dropping hints as fans place their bets.Barbara Broccoli, who produces the films with her brother Michael G Wilson, recently addressed rumours as well.Speaking on Deadline's Crew Call podcast yesterday she admitted one favourite Idris Elba was “part of the conversation”.She explained: "Well, we know Idris, we're friends with him, and he's a magnificent actor."And, you know, it's been part of the conversation, but it's always difficult to have the conversation when you have someone in the seat."I think we have decided that until No Time To Die has had its run and Daniel has been able to - well, we've all been able to savour, reap the benefits of Daniel's wonderful tenure, we're not gonna think about.“Or talk about anybody else, actors to play the role or storylines, we just want to live in
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