1. Are 007 Auditions Taking Place?

    By Matt Weston on 2004-07-13

    Hot on the heels of new claims that Pierce Brosnan has been left out in the cold after Bond 21 screenwriters convinced Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson that their script will work better with fresh blood, comes a new report that auditions for the role of James Bond have been taking place.

    According to the International Movie Studio’s World Movie Magazine, 37-year-old Geoffrey Moore, son of Sir Roger Moore, attended a read-through with Broccoli after contract negotiations between Brosnan and the producers fell through.

    In late April, Brosnan revealed that the producers have been talking to Clive Owen and Hugh Jackman, both of whom received the actor’s blessing. However, neither actor has mentioned auditioning for the role, with Owen claiming he has not even spoken with the producers about taking over from Brosnan.

    As for Sir Roger’s son, Geoffrey serves as a restaurateur, despite having a history, albeit a small one, in front of and behind the camera. According to the IMDb, Moore has starred in six films between 1973 and 1993, including one telemovie based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and another in a brief role starring alongside his father in Sherlock Holmes in New York. Geoffrey also acted as a third assistant director on his father’s last Bond film, A View To A Kill. Sir Roger has regularly touted his son as an ideal replacement once Pierce Brosnan steps down as 007.

    “I think Geoffrey has the necessary charm, wit and sophistication to be 007. He is much better looking than me and much more talented, so I think he would be perfect for the role. Maybe he could even incorporate a bit of the cooking into the role.”

    – Sir Roger Moore, 2002

    Sir Roger’s daughter had a brief cameo in Die Another Day as an air stewardess.

    As the rumour inferno rages on, the twenty-first James Bond film is still scheduled for release in November 2005.

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