11/09/2004 AT 8:00 AM ET
Pierce Brosnan may be willing to pass the James Bond torch to fellow Irishman Colin Farrell, but the younger actor isn’t interested in taking it.
Brosnan, 51, who said that he’s through with the 007 franchise, mentioned that Farrell was a suitable replacement, because “he’ll eat the head off them all.”
But Farrell, 28, feigned outrage at the thought of following in the footsteps of Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Brosnan as Britain’s most famous secret agent, Reuters reports.
“The idea of me playing James Bond got into the press, but it is not true. I would not like to do it,” said Farrell. “They should find someone the audience has no history with.”
Farrell is about to be seen in Oliver Stone’s historical epic Alexander, which saw its original release date delayed and has been generating less-than-positive word of mouth in advance screenings.
As for other possible Bond candidates, Star Wars star Ewan McGregor’s name has surfaced among fans on both sides of the Atlantic. (And, like Connery, McGregor’s a Scot.)
Even so, the actor’s datebook may be filled up: On Monday, producers in London announced that McGregor, 33, would play the role of Sky Masterson in a June 2005 revival of the American stage musical classic, Guys and Dolls.
Also mentioned as the next James Bond: Jude Law (a Brit) and Hugh Jackman (an Aussie, like Lazenby).