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Saturday, 12 January, 2002, 07:56 GMT
Brosnan agrees to fifth 007 film
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond
Bond is to drive an Aston Martin again in the new film
Actor Pierce Brosnan has extended his contract to play James Bond for a fifth time.

The Irish performer told reporters at the launch of his fourth 007 adventure he was keen to make one more film, but admitted it would probably be his last.

The 20th James Bond movie - as yet untitled - starts shooting officially at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire on Monday before taking in locations including Hawaii, Iceland, Spain and London.

The movie marks the 40th anniversary of the series that began in 1962 with Dr No, starring Sean Connery.

Sean Connery starred as Bond
Sean Connery starred in many classic Bond films
Brosnan, 48, said he was delighted to be continuing in the role.

"I will do another one. Time has gone by so quickly. It seems like only yesterday I was sitting here for GoldenEye," he said.

But he said he might be too old for a sixth appearance as the British spy.

"It takes stamina to play this role. I would like to get off the stage with grace.

"I am honouring my contract here but it would be wonderful to do another one. After that, I do not know."

The 20th film will be directed by Lee Tamahori, whose previous successes include Along Came a Spider and The Edge.

Swordfish star Halle Berry and newcomer Rosamund Pike will be Brosnan's glamorous female co-stars.

Berry, who also worked on X-Men, said it a dream come true to be playing opposite 007.

Halle Berry is tipped for an Oscar for Monsters Ball
Halle Berry is tipped for an Oscar for Monsters Ball
She said: "I hope I will fit in and do as fine a job as the women before me."

Pike, who has never starred in a movie before, admitted she was not keen on Bond when she was growing up, but said she was looking forward to an "electrifying" experience.

British actor Toby Stevens will play the villainous bad guy.

Other stars returning include Dame Judi Dench as M, Samantha Bond as Miss Moneypenny and John Cleese in the role of Q following the death of Desmond Llewelyn.

Bond will once again drive an Aston Martin, after a deal with the manufacturer.

The V12 Vanquish will be the fourth Aston Martin that Bond has driven since the association began in 1964 with the film Goldfinger - when the DB5 was fitted with ejector seats and rockets.


Co-producer Barbara Broccoli is the daughter of Cubby Broccoli, the producer who originally brought Ian Fleming's spy to the big screen, and who died in 1996.

Broccoli and fellow producer Michael G Wilson, will receive a special award from the London Film Critics' Circle.

The award will be presented at the Circle's 22nd awards ceremony on 13 February.

It is being given to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the James Bond films, and the organisers say they expect some familiar Bond faces to be among the guests at the event.

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