17 AUGUST 2007

Steely-eyed super spy 007 chases a villain across the roof tops of an Italian town as down below riders take to a dusty track for an equally action-packed bareback horse race - it's a scene that will make a stunning set piece when the new Bond movie hits the screens in 2008.

While the camera crew toiled away capturing the race on film, actor Daniel Craig was in a rather more romantic mood as he watched the traditional bi-annual contest, the Palio, in Siena, Tuscany, with girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell.

During their Tuscan day out, the chemistry between the pair was apparent, with the heart-throb often leaning in close to whisper comments to his elegantly dressed love.

While Daniel's piercing blue eyes and buff torso have earned him legions of female fans, the Liverpool-born action man has made it clear he's very much spoken for. And wherever the 39-year-old Brit goes, so does Satsuki.

The lovebirds have been inseparable for the last eighteen months, with the striking 30-year-old film producer a frequent presence at Daniel's side for red-carpet affairs and on film shoots across the globe.

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While cameras from the Bond crew caught the action at the traditional Palio bareback horse race in Tuscany, the heart-throb actor watched from a window with Satsuki Mitchell, his constant companion of the last 18 monthsPhoto: © AFP
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The gruelling competition in the town of Siena starts when an explosive charge is let off and is won when the first horse - not necessarily with its accompanying rider - crosses the linePhoto: © Getty Images