London - Iconic British secret agent James Bond's ability to
unite the British people is required now more than ever, tennis star Andy
Murray said in a candid interview with The Times on Saturday.
The 30-year-old defending Wimbledon champion was speaking
about unity after a year in which the United Kingdom voted to leave the
European Union and suffered three deadly terror attacks as well as this week's
devastating fire in London.
There were angry scenes on the streets of the capital after
the blaze that engulfed a tower block, killing at least 30 people and leaving
dozens more unaccounted for.
Murray, talking ahead of the key Wimbledon warm-up event at
Queen's which gets underway on Monday in London, told The Times: "Every
time a new James Bond movie comes out everyone's so pumped for it and we start
comparing the Bonds.
"People know James Bond as being a British icon.
"With everything that's happened over the last year,
the country has a decision to make.
"Does it divide us or does it bring us together. The
closer together we become, the better it is for the country," said Murray,
who came out in support of a pro Scottish independence vote on the day of the
referendum in 2014.
Murray, whose mother Judy joined him and doubles specialist
brother Jamie in being honoured by Queen Elizabeth II on Friday, said unlike
Bond he craves to go unrecognised.
"I don't like being the centre of attention and
obviously when you lose a match and there are lots of people around, you just
want to go unnoticed," he said.
Murray has been promoting this weekend's 'The Great Get
Together' to honour the politician Jo Cox who was murdered a year ago. He
agreed with her sister who said his support is just that of any normal person.
"It's absolutely true and that's why I mentioned being
invisible because I'm uncomfortable if people are staring at me," said
"I go out for a dinner and people ask for a photo and I
feel uncomfortable with that, it doesn't feel natural.
"I'm very grateful people enjoy watching me play tennis
but everyone's the same and should be treated as such."
The two-time Olympic champion - who displayed super hero
powers to come through an epic Olympic final with Argentinian Juan Martin del
Potro in Rio de Janeiro last year - nominated Batman as his boyhood hero but
would prefer to be 'The Invisible Man'.
He told the paper he likes Batman as "he is mysterious
and I like the cars he drives".
He recalled how he and Jamie would dash round to their
grandparents' house and watch cartoons as young boys favouring especially
He said he liked Dick Dastardly, one of the main characters
in the children's cartoon series, because "he cheated and he lost."