Plans to release the 21st James Bond movie next year (05) have been scrapped, after MGM failed to find a director in time.

Fans of the superspy will now have to wait until 2006 for the next film - which may or may not feature Pierce Brosnan in the lead role.

The failure to sign up a director makes the original filming start date of mid-January 2005 almost impossible to meet, which has had a knock on effect on the scheduled release date of 18 November 2005.

Several names, including Matthew Vaughn and Paul McGuigan, have been linked with the director job.

Meanwhile, a plethora of leading men, including Ewan McGregor, DOUGRAY SCOTT, Orlando Bloom and Clive Owen, have been tipped to fill the suave secret agent's tuxedo should Brosnan fail to return.

30/09/2004 17:17