Date: 25th April 2001
Producers of the next JAMES BOND movie are struggling to sign a female lead - as Hollywood's leading women fear the 007 curse.
Six-time Bond director JOHN GLEN, the man behind A VIEW TO A KILL (1985) says there is an unspoken belief amongst Hollywood's starlets that appearing opposite Bond will leave their careers shaken and destroyed.
Glenn singles out just five actresses - URSULA ANDRESS, JANE SEYMOUR, KIM BASINGER, HONOR BLACKMAN and FAMKE JANSSEN - as having found post-Bond success.
Over 50 other femme fatales have shared the screen with the British master spy - and that's where their career high points have ended.
Welsh beauty CATHERINE ZETA JONES has turned down the upcoming role in the 20th Bond film, as has English actress MINNIE DRIVER.
Glen explains, "Being a Bond girl is a very difficult task and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. "The term 'Bond Girl' itself puts a lot of actresses off taking the role because of all the stigma that goes with it. (JM/WN/NFA)