HUGH JACKMAN TIPPED FOR BOND ROLE
Australian actor HUGH JACKMAN is the new favourite to take over
from PIERCE BROSNAN as the next JAMES BOND according to the UK's
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 list 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
British actors CLIVE OWEN, IOAN GRUFFUDD, JEREMY NORTHAM and PAUL
BETTANY have all been put in the frame - but they have now reportedly
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 007".
Bond director LEWIS GILBERT adds, "You can't have someone
too young playing Bond because they would never be believable in
"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."
story courtesy of Channel 4
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