Australian actor Alex O'Lachlan confirms his James Bond screentest and news on the role is expected within 20 days...

Alex O'Lachlan Confirms Screentest
7th August 2005

Australian actor Alex O'Lachlan has confirmed earlier reports that he has screentested for the role of James Bond and is one of the "final four" candidates.

28 year-old O'Lachlan could be following in the footsteps of fellow countryman George Lazenby and become the second 007 from down under, but only if he beats off competitors Goran Visnjic, Henry Cavill and Ewan Stewart.

Word first broke of the "final four" casting back on 24th July, when British media reports named the quadruplet of hopeful actors who had performed final screentests for the role.

"I'm spinning out of my brain about it," the 28-year-old star of Oyster Farmer told The Daily Telegraph.

"I flew to London, stayed on Piccadilly and was looked after beautifully. [I was] fitted out at Hugo Boss for a tuxedo, had my hair cut and filmed two scenes."

Above: Australian actor Alex O'Lachlan


As MI6 reported last month, the screentests took place at Pinewood Studios under the watchful eye of the producers and director Michael Campbell. British soap opera actress Camilla Power took the place of a Bond girl during the scenes, one of which is expected to be the "From Russia With Love" seduction scene where Tatiana is waiting for Bond in his bed.

"Picture it. Picture it!" O'Lachlan laughed. "It's James Bond, need I say any more? The reality is I may not get the role, which is the conundrum for all actors, but at the end of the day, I'm incredibly grateful just to be considered. People's ears prick up and they do take me a lot more seriously here now."

O'Lachlan told the paper that he expects to hear from the producers within the next 20 days.

Croatian "ER" actor Goran Visnjic is the current fan favourite to take up the 007 mantle, but controversy has ensued over the prospect of a non-British actor playing James Bond.

"Casino Royale", the 21st James Bond film, will be directed by Martin Campbell and shooting is scheduled to commence on January 17th 2006 in Prague and South Africa. No casting decisions have been made officially. The release is planned fro October 19th 2006. Stay tuned to MI6 for the latest and most accurate coverage of Casino Royale

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