Welsh movie star Ioan Gruffud is desperate to become the next JAMES BOND - but he fears he's too young.

The HORATIO HORNBLOWER star, 30, is thrilled to learn he's among the stars tipped to play the next 007 after Pierce Brosnan hangs up his tuxedo - but he thinks his age might pose a problem.

He says, "If they want another James Bond the same age as Pierce, then I'm 10 years too young.

"If they want to make him younger, then I would dearly love to play the part. I think it's something that I could play quite well."

07/06/2004 21:13