Gerard Butler's Bond quip taken too seriously

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Article Date: June 25, 2001 | Publication: filmUnlimited | Author: Sara Gaines
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Gerard Butler has fed the frenzy of speculation that he will be the new 007 with a few jokey comments about his ideal Bond girl. But it seems the rumours are as much a fantasy as the spy films's plots.
The Scottish actor is one of several names rumoured to be in the frame to succeed Pierce Brosnan, when he quits the Martinis-and-murders role.

The Daily Record reported on Saturday that Gerard had confirmed that Barbara Broccoli had asked him to take up the part. The story was followed up by news website Ananova.

But the Bond films's producers Eon Productions gave a curt denial to the claims. "I'm sorry but it's not true, he hasn't been approached. These rumours are crazy," Eon publicist Catherine McCormack told Guardian Unlimited Film.

And a closer analysis of Butler's comments shows he was having fun with the speculation, which hasn't done his profile any harm, or that of the ailing Dracula 2001 in which he stars.

Butler said on GMTV: "I've chatted with Barbara Broccoli and she knows that I'll only do it if Ann Widdecombe can be my Bond girl. She's off thinking about that right now."

Commenting on the stories linking him with the role he added: "It's very flattering and I can't say much more than that. I was getting phone calls from Los Angeles saying that it had been announced on CNN that I had been named the new Bond. Since then I've had calls from Israel and South Africa."

Robbie Williams, Greg Wise and the gang of other eager Bond hopefuls can rest easy. It seems the role is still very much up for grabs.