It's almost time to invest in yet another hot Bond — James Bond that is. Bond No. 20, scheduled for release late this year, began production today.
Pierce Brosnan, embarking on his fourth turn as Bond, talked to ABCNEWS' Good Morning America as the first day of production kicked off at London's Pinewood Studios.
Brosnan admitted that, like other 007 fans, he has practiced that famous line — "Bond, James Bond," — in front of the bathroom mirror.
"The words are immortal," he said. "Every guy has said them. So brushing with a mouthful of toothpaste — I did find myself doing it, I had to."
Since Sean Connery starred in the first Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962, the glamorous spy has always had sex appeal. But, four Bonds later, Brosnan was deemed the sexiest in People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 2001.
Brosnan said he still looks forward to playing Bond, the slick, successful agent who carries on with a number of interesting on-screen love interests.
"He meets these beautiful women and they usually end up in the bedroom together, or the beach, or the back of the car, or wherever," Brosnan said.
A Different Type of Bond Girl
Brosnan's co-star in the new film, Halle Berry, is breaking the mold of the "Bond girl." She is just as sexy as Bond girls past, but she is also an accomplished actress who is creating some Oscar buzz over her performance in the indie drama Monster's Ball.
Berry, who just received a best actress award from National Board of Review for Monster's Ball, said she's excited to enter the Bond world.
The actress, who appeared topless for the first time on film in last summer's Swordfish, said she will definitely have her shirt on in the new Bond. She said Brosnan will be the only one taking his clothes off this time around.
"I think he might be topless in all these love scenes, not the women," Berry said.
Berry, who last year said she was looking for a role in which race was irrelevant, said her new role is a welcome one.
"I get to just be a woman who's not only sexy but she's smart and a formidable opponent for Bond," Berry said. "That feels good — that my color doesn't precede me as I enter into an amazing franchise."
Brosnan, 48, said he would like to continue playing Bond after his fourth film hits the theaters. Plot details on the as-yet-untitled movie have not been revealed.