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Producer Gives Pierce Bond of Approval

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There’s no talent hunt in the near future for James Bond, according to “Die Another Day” producer Barbara Broccoli.

Speaking to AP Radio, Broccoli, whose father, the late producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli cofounded the Bond movie franchise 40 years ago, pulled out her stock reply when asked if Pierce Brosnan, who has played 007 004 times, has job security.

“It’s like asking a bride as she’s going up the aisle who her next husband is going to be,” said Broccoli, 42. “I mean, he is James Bond. He’s our guy. And until he’s no longer James Bond, we ain’t looking anywhere.”

Brosnan has already agreed to do a fifth 007 film. Broccoli, meanwhile, credits the “Austin Powers” spy spoof film series as helping to revive awareness, if not an appreciation, of James Bond.

“They tend to, I think, reflect the early Bond, the first sort of three or four. I don’t think they spoof the current ones so much,” said Broccoli. “They’re so popular, ‘Austin Powers,’ I think it just helps people enjoy going to the movies and this sort of genre.”

“Die Another Day,” was expected to break 007’s previous global box-office record, held by 1965’s “Thunderball” — which pulled in $870 million in today’s dollars, according to Time magazine.

“Die,” starring Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry, grossed $120 million in its first three weeks in American theaters, according to its studio, MGM. Overseas, the movie is approaching $100 million from record audiences in Asia and Africa.