She says, "We're thrilled to bits. This has come at a very good time in his career. He has worked hard all his life and this will be his most famous part.
"It will be life-changing, but I think he is old enough and experienced enough to handle it."
Bond film-makers will officially confirm which actor will take over from Pierce Brosnan, at 52 considered too old to play the secret agent, at a press conference later today (14OCT05), ending more than a year of speculation.