LINE UP FOR SPY ROLE
Copyright 2001 www.tombraiderchronicles.com
[ November 28th 2001 ]
were last night lining up to be the first Scottish
James Bond in 18 years. None of the leading candidates
identified by the Record's "Time for a Scottish
Bond" campaign were ruling themselves out of the
Ewan McGregor and Dougray Scott to Ally McCoist
and, er, Ronald Villiers, they all seemed keen
on succeeding Pierce Brosnan, who is tipped to
retire after his next Bond outing. Ally McCoist,
who has just had his major film debut in A Shot
at Glory, is the keenest to play 007. A close
friend said: "He's well up for it. We're waiting
on scripts coming in now. Ewan McGregor's mum
has been on the phone a few times.
all the attributes of a Bond - a deadly shot,
charm and Ally being Ally, will talk to anybody.
He'd like to have Sue Barker as Moneypenny and
John Parrott as Q. In terms of baddies,he'd want
Andy Goram as Jaws, because of his dodgy teeth
and his old Kilmarnock boss Bobby Williamson as
Oddjob - after all, he's got one."
danger is the Bond girls. The pal said: "He'd
have to have Ann Widdecombe just to make sure
his wife Allison was happy." Ewan McGregor is
often described by Hollywood magazine Premiere
as "the best thing to come out of Scotland since
Sean Connery, the last great Bond". And he was
a big 007 fan as a youngster, said his mum, Carol.
She added: "I can't speak for Ewan, obviously,
but he certainly saw loads of James Bond movies
as a boy."
Gerald Butler, a former Glasgow University law
student whose biggest role was in Dracula 2001,
remains the bookies' favourite. He's already been
in meetings with Bond producers and said: "It's
very flattering but I can't say any more. I know
it's been announced on CNN that I've been named
as the new Bond but no one has been chosen yet."
McGregor and another front-runner, Braveheart's
Angus MacFadyen, were all filming in LA yesterday.
Their representatives were keen not to rule them
out, as was Edinburgh-born Tomb Raider star Iain
Glen's agent. He said: "He's in Italy right now
but I know he's been linked with the role. It's
not for me to say whether he'd take it."
Scott, from Glenrothes, Fife, is also a contender,
despite ruling himself out a year ago as "not
suave enough". But close friends now insist that
were he to be offered the role directly, he'd
be "intrigued" by it.
least likely candidate is "actor" Ronald Villiers,
occasionally seen on comedy show Chewin' the Fat.
But he might be unable to do the job even if he
is offered it. He said: "I'm on a long-term contract
to be mascot for Partick Thistle. I think I'd
make a great Bond. I'd have a Cup-a-Soup, stirred
not shaken. I'd drive a Lada and the Bond girl
would be Janette Krankie, who'd play a dusky Russian
midden, I mean maiden, called Ivana Kebab."
is open to television offers, too, adding: "I'd
love to do Crossroads. They haven't phoned yet,
though." Strangely, neither have the Bond producers...