And the Next Bond is…

Who is the next contender to play James Bond?
Scottish newspaper The Daily Record is reporting that despite all the official denials and speculation, “Gosford Park”/”Croupier” star Clive Owen will be revealed to be taking on the 007 role late next year.
“At a Press conference at Pinewood Studios in January or February 2004, Pierce Brosnan will reveal his last outing as 007 will be Bond 21, to be made next year and released in 2005. And for the first time, the new James Bond will be unveiled at the same time. We can reveal that Clive will take on the mantle in the Bond 22 which will be filmed in 2006 and shown in 2007”.
Not only do they indicate that Clive is in fact Pierce’s recommendation to Producer Libby Broccoli, but their inside source also says “Clive’s the one.
There have been rumours about Clive, but these rumours are getting louder and louder now. No one at the top will come out and admit it, but the claims it’s Clive are coming from different sources within Eon who make the Bond films…He’s not hugely known, but has done some good films and is at least a name people recognise. Most of the other names mooted (eg. Ewan McGregor, Dougray Scott, Ralph Fiennes) are already known actors so could never be Bond. Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan were both known actors, but not hugely famous when they took on 007 and they are the best.