In a statement on his official website, Pierce Brosnan has confirmed once and for all that his days as James Bond are over...

Pierce Brosnan Confirms It's Over
2nd February 2005

It is the moment a lot of James Bond fans have feared. Pierce Brosnan has once and for all confirmed his days as 007 are over. In a written statement on his official website, Brosnan asserts that "Die Another Day" was his last outing in the famous tuxedo, and he will not be back in Bond 21.

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"I would like to thank all of you who have supported me over the last year or so in regard to my playing Bond. It was a decade of my life that I will always hold dear to my heart and a time that will never be forgotten. And you dear friends stood by me throughout. Many, many thanks! But everything comes to an end, and one must accept this decision which cannot be dealt with in any other way but with some kind of grace and knowledge that I did the job to the best of my ability"

Despite making similar statements in television and magazine interviews over the past few months, rumours have still circulated that Brosnan may still come back to the role. Those rumours are now finally dismissed with this written statement.

Brosnan's open letter comes at a time when talk of which actor should take over is rife - with dozens of names being splashed around by the media. MI6 reported last month that Clive Owen is the man in the frame for 007 #6. Other than MGM canning the release date of November 18th 2005 to "sometime in 2006" following problems securing a director, no official announcements have been made on Bond 21. Further complications have upset the usual production schedule due to the Sony buyout of MGM.

Stay tuned to MI6 for the latest updates on Bond 21 as they happen.

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