Duluth's Daniel Durant advances to week four on 'Dancing with the Stars'
The actor had a license to thrill as he and partner Britt Stewart danced to "The World Is Not Enough" on James Bond Night.
DULUTH — Daniel Durant took full advantage of both his acclaimed acting chops and his growing dance prowess as he and partner Britt Stewart soared through a third week of competition on the Disney+ reality competition show "Dancing with the Stars."
Monday night's episode had a James Bond theme in honor of the 60th anniversary of the hit film franchise inspired by Ian Fleming's novels. Each of the 14 remaining couples danced to a theme from one of Eon Productions' 25 Bond movies.
"My favorite 007 actor has always been Pierce Brosnan," said Durant, citing the character's code number. He and Stewart danced a rumba to "The World Is Not Enough," the theme from Brosnan's 1999 outing of the same name. The song was originally performed by the rock band Garbage.
In an interview on the episode, Durant described the difficulty of dancing, as a deaf person, to a relatively slow song. "Things are different with the rumba, especially compared to the jive having all those quick beats," he said, referencing last week's episode. "It's a slow song. I can't feel it."
The pair ultimately danced their way to slow-burn success on a smoky, green-lit stage. Judges praised Durant for a riveting performance. "You took command of that dance," said head judge Len Goodman. "I could see you were leading that dance. You weren't just hanging on, hoping for the best."
The judges' scores came to a strong total of 31 out of a possible 40, placing Durant and Stewart among the night's top five couples. While waiting for the scores, Durant told co-host Alfonso Ribeiro that he loves James Bond movies. "I dream of having a deaf character in one," the Duluth actor said in American Sign Language. "This is an opportunity! I get to act like Bond."
After "Charlie's Angels" star Cheryl Ladd and her dance partner Louis van Amstel were eliminated, Durant and Stewart were among 13 couples who advanced to the show's fourth week of competition. The next episode will stream live on Disney+ next Monday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. CDT.