It was the kind of night that actor John Cleese's 007 character Q could only have dreamed off – a romantic dinner with former Bond girl Britt Ekland.
The Fawlty Towers star is believed to have taken the blonde – who appeared in the James Bond flick The Man With The Golden Gun - to dine in Edinburgh's Cafe Royal Oyster Bar this weekend. The 65-year-old is performing in the Scottish capital as part of the city's Fringe festival.
John, who has just split from his 34-year-old American marketing executive love, with whom he holidayed in Switzerland last month, is said to have asked the actress to join him after watching her one-woman show.
"He went to see Britt's show and was quite taken with her," says a pal. "He then invited her out for dinner afterwards."
And it seems the Swedish-born actress - who was once married to the late Peter Sellers and had a romance with rocker Rod Stewart - was equally as impressed by her 68-year-old dinner companion, who is in the final stages of divorcing his third wife, Alyce.
"She was charmed by John and found him very funny," continues the pal.