Clive Owen [Croupier, The Bourne Identity] has thought to have been the frontrunner to take on the role of 007 when Pierce Brosnan hands in his keys to the Aston Martin. But according to The Daily Express – via the IMDB – the British actor no longer wants the role. He told a pal, "I think it’s too formulaic, too tried and tested and a little past it’s sell by date. I would not consider it to be a challenge. I’ve just come back from Los Angeles where I had a meeting with Francis Ford Coppola who wants to cast me in an exciting new project, which will be Bond-like but more challenging and relevant today. I’m really excited about it." Spoil sport.