Before Sean Connery's 1962 debut, Prince Philip could have been the first James Bond

The pictures are case in point.

By Jess Pullar
In his final years, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh backed further and further away from the public eye - but in his hey-day, the husband of Queen Elizabeth the II was a natural in front of the camera.
His death on April 9 2021, aged 99 was saddening for royal fans around the world, but in the midst of mourning, many found every reason to celebrate the vibrant, colourful parts of Philip's long life.
And one reminder we're certainly grateful for had everything to do with his flair for style.
Indeed back in the day, before his wedding to then Princess Elizabeth in the 1940s and in the decades following, Philip was no stranger to a cover story or four.
The picture-ready royal was always dressed impeccably, and oozed just the right amount of cool, calm, classy and collected.
From his aviator sunglasses to perfectly fitted tuxedos, the Duke of Edinburgh was handsome as can be - very James Bond-esque if you ask us.
If you'd like the picture proof, keep scrolling as we look at the Prince's James-Bond-hey-day.