Australian actor HUGH JACKMAN is the new favourite to take over from PIERCE
BROSNAN as the next JAMES BOND.
Brosnan plans to hang up the superspy's famous tuxedo when filming
concludes on the next installment in the series - and X-MEN star Jackman is
thought to be top of the list of potential replacements.
A source at 007 movie makers EON says, "A lost of possible successors has
been drawn up, and Hugh is at the top. He's got everything the producers are
looking for - dark good looks, an athletic build, a sense of humour and
box-office clout. At
35, he is also the right age."
British actors CLIVE OWEN, IOAN GRUFFUDD, JEREMY NORTHAM and PAUL BETTANY
have all been put in the frame - but they have now reportedly been
The source explains, "Owen lacks the necessary lightness of touch to make
Bond a box-office success."
While Bettany is "strawberry blond - and there's never been a blond
Bond director LEWIS GILBERT adds, "You can't have someone too young
playing Bond because they would never be believable in the part.
"And the chances of getting a superstar like RUSSELL CROWE are slim
because he'll be too expensive, he'll have all sorts of projects lined up and
is unlikely to want to commit to making a series of films. Hugh Jackman clearly
fits the bill."