Love Actually hunk Colin Firth has emerged as the British public's first choice to take over from Pierce Brosnan as super spy James Bond.

The 43-year-old actor, who wowed the ladies as sexy JANE AUSTEN hero MR DARCY in Pride And Prejudice, piped hot tip Clive Owen to the top spot in a poll by video chain CHOICES VIDEO.

AMERICAN PSYCHO star Christian Bale came in third, whilst British movie hunks Jude Law and Sean Bean were fourth and fifth respectively.

EON, the production company responsible for the JAMES BOND franchise, have yet to announce who will play the next 007, leading to speculation that Pierce will be replaced.

04/04/2004 14:04