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Brosnan hints at calling it a day as Bond



Story by: Jack Foley

THE name Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan, may no longer be attached to the James Bond franchise, it seems, if a recent interview is to be believed.

According to the jovial Irish star, 007 is ‘another lifetime behind me’, and he has resolved to hang up his Walter PPK along with his licence to thrill.

Brosnan dropped the biggest hint yet that he has left the James Bond series in an interview with Entertainment Weekly’s website, EW.com, stating: "That's it. I've said all I've got to say on the world of James Bond. Bond is another lifetime behind me."

The comments follow months of speculation surrounding the Irish star, in which he had claimed that the producers of the 21st Bond movie were already actively seeking his replacement (due to concerns about his age), and that the style of the movies needed to be changed.

Brosnan was quoted as saying he had begun to tire of the effects-heavy emphasis of Bond films such as Die Another Day (his last outing) and sought a return to the gritty, character-based action vehicles of the Sean Connery era.

His comments appeared to be born out by director, Quentin Tarantino, who recently claimed he had the support of Brosnan to approach the producers, EON Productions, with a view to re-making Casino Royale.

In light of the recent comments, however, it seems that this is no longer a possibility.

Referring to Die Another Day, Brosnan, 51, went on to tell EW.com: "We went out on a high, and I look back affectionately at that time and doing those four movies. But I've said all I've got to say on it."

In light of this, the search would appear to have intensified for a replacement, especially since Bond 21 has been earmarked for a November 18, 2005, release date - despite the fact that nothing has been filmed.

Contenders continue to be Clive Owen, Colin Firth and Hugh Jackman (by his own admission), while Troy star, Eric Bana, has also emerged as a possible contender, along with Orlando Bloom and, possibly, Ioan Gruffudd.

Talking of Bloom’s chances of Bond, the Pirates of the Caribbean star is reportedly set to play the super-spy in a Miramax film, which chronicles his early years.

According to various sources, the actor will play Bond at college age and follow his adventures after the character is kicked out of Eton.

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