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Pierce fancies Keira as new Bond babe

March 31, 2004
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Despite his immediate future as 007 being still in the balance following changes at the film's production company, Pierce Brosnan has apparently been considering who he'd like as his next Bond babe. While there have been reports about raunchy US pop star Britney Spears having been approached about the role, the inimitable Mr Brosnan apparently thinks it's not for her.

"Britney? No, it's a rumour," says the dapper onscreen agent. While admitting that he doesn't get involved with all the speculation surrounding the movies – "I try to stay occupied with other films when I'm not doing it," he remarked - the 50-year-old is quite clear as to where his preference lies. "Keira Knightley maybe. She is a fantastic talent – if you know what I mean!"

The actor is reported to be a big fan of the 19-year-old Pirates Of The Caribbean star who, if she undertook the part, would be the youngest Bond love interest in the iconic series of films.

This latest episode will be the handsome Irish actor's last. "I'll do this but I'm not doing another one. I think it's time to move on," he says.

Perhaps with the thought of more free time on his hands Pierce has been showing an interest in purchasing Dylan Thomas's favourite watering hole in South Wales. According to the landlord of Brown's Hotel in Laugharne, the actor, who is known for his interest in the Welsh playwright and poet and whose seven-year-old son is named after him, has had "a good look around".

"He may well turn up on auction day," says Tommy Watts, who is asking £600,000 for the pub

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The 50-year-old actor, due to embark on his fifth and final outing as 007, describes Kiera as a "fantastic talent" Photo: © AFP
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If she accepted the role, the Pirates Of The Caribbean star would be the youngest Bond love interest everPhoto: © PA

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