HE MAY not have lifted this year’s glitter ball trophy but Strictly Come Dancing’s Brendan Cole remains a big hit with audiences.

And now that the TV series is over, Brendan can concentrate on his live show, Licence To Thrill, which will see him dance at 32 venues across the country from January until March.

He’s at the Lowry in Salford on January 31, at St George's Hall in Bradford on February 2 and at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax on February 6.

“When you are competing in Strictly it is all-consuming and the mind must be completely focussed on the job,” said Brendan.

“Looking after your partner and all that goes with getting ready for the Saturday show each week. “Of course it was disappointing to leave the show, I always hope that we will go further, but I’m glad that Victoria was able to dance at Wembley which was such a buzz.”

Brendan and his 20 strong company offer a night of ballroom and Latin magic in this his tribute to the style of Bond, with music from across the decades.

Brendan is joined on stage by five other dancers, including his brother, Scott, and 14 musicians.

“My dance cast is truly international. My leading lady from France – Fauve Hautot, she is truly sensational! I also have the gorgeous Australian dancer Melanie Hooper returning from last year’s show as well as Germany's Patrick Helm, who I'm sure the ladies will absolutely love, and Crystal Main, who has appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.

“With this wealth of talent we will ensure audiences have the best seat in the house, every night, all night and I can't wait to see it all as a finished product.”