Production on the next James Bond movie, expected in theaters in late 2005, has neither shaken nor stirred, according to Pierce Brosnan, who spent much of the weekend addressing the continuing rumors that he has played Agent 007 for the last time. Talking to reporters at a Los Angeles press junket promoting his upcoming romantic comedy ''Laws of Attraction'' (which opens April 30), Brosnan said that he ''certainly would love to do a fifth Bond and then bow out, but if this last one [2002's ''Die Another Day''] is to be the last one, then so be it.''
However, the 50-year-old actor says, ''there's a certain sense of paralysis that has kind of blanketed production at the moment.'' The filmmakers are facing several obstacles, including coming up with a script idea that tops ''Die Another Day.'' ''The last Bond broke all records. They don't know what to do,'' he says. Another is the recent death of Dana Broccoli, matriarch of the Broccoli family, which has controlled the franchise since it launched in 1962. Brosnan calls her death ''a terrible loss.'' Brosnan says he hasn't heard from producers in recent weeks, but if they want him to play Bond again, ''they know where to find me,'' he says.
Brosnan also downplayed reports that Britney Spears had sought to become the next Bond girl, saying he knew nothing about her entreaties, but ''bless her cotton socks and good luck to her.'' If it were up to him, he said, he'd like to see ''Pirates of the Caribbean'''s Keira Knightley or ''The Passion of the Christ'''s Monica Bellucci as Bond girls. Hey 007 producers, are you listening?