tipped as Brosnan's Bond girl
Wednesday March 21, 2001
Singer Whitney Houston could be in line to play Pierce Brosnan's love interest in the new James Bond production due to start filming later this year. The Grammy winner is rumoured to be keen on taking the role, though the final decision is down to Dana Broccoli, widow of longtime Bond producer Albert Broccoli.
Today's Sun newspaper quotes an unnamed studio source as saying that: "The movie bosses think Whitney would make a fantastic Bond girl and are desperately working out a deal which will be acceptable."
Houston, 37, scored a major box-office hit nine years ago with her role opposite Kevin Costner in The Bodyguard, and later starred in Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife. But in recent years the diva has been dogged by bad publicity, including reports of a drug bust, rumours of marital strife and backstage gossip that suggested she was thrown off the set during last year's Oscar night rehearsals.
Another possible concern for the Bond backers is that 007 does not have an illustrious track record when it comes to mixed race liaisons. Back in 1973, Roger Moore received death threats after Bond hopped into bed with a black temptress played by Gloria Hendry in Live and Let Die. Brosnan will no doubt be hoping that times have changed since then.
NEWSFILE: 22 MARCH 2001
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