Date: 2nd November 2004

Jackman wants Bond role

Hugh Jackman is calling on James Bond casting directors to make him the new 007.

The Australian actor says he is desperate to take over the role from Pierce Brosnan and is happy to fight fellow frontrunners Colin Farrell, Jude Law and Colin Firth for the part.

The X-Men star is so obsessed with playing the spy, he admitted to starting the rumour he was in negotiations with producers - which hit international headlines reports Femalefirst.

But, while his rivals are keeping quiet, Jackman said: "There is something very secretive about the way they cast that role. I've never had an official call asking: 'Are you interested or not?'

But there's no guy I know who wouldn't want that role - and that includes me. Anyone who says otherwise is lying."

Meanwhile, the favourite for Bond, Colin Farrell, is being backed by former 007 Brosnan.

The 51-year-old actor, who received an outstanding contribution award at the Irish Film and Television Awards in Dublin, said there were several actors who could fill the coveted role.

He added: "
But I'll give it to Colin Farrell. He'll eat the head off them all."

Source: Press Release