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Title

Ed is 007's New Boss

Source

The Mirror

Date

18 May 2000

Author(s)

Brian Roberts

Spotted by

Agent James

Ed is 007's New Boss

VETERAN star Edward Woodward is set to become James Bond's boss - at the age of 70.

He has been lined up to play spy chief M in the 20th Bond blockbuster, which has the working title Beyond The Ice.

Studio chiefs were so impressed with Woodward in the recent remake of The Professionals they put him top of the list to play M.

The actor, best known for his roles as a TV hero in The Equalizer and in the horror classic The Wicker Man, played Commander Harry Malone in the 8million production C15: The New Professionals.

A Bond production team member said: "It was felt Edward was brilliant in the Professionals remake and it was decided he would fit the role of M perfectly."

He replaces Dame Judi Dench, who played the M16 chief in The World Is Not Enough, GoldenEye and Tomorrow Never Dies. She replaced Robert Brown who took over from the original M, Bernard Lee.

It is believed the opening scenes for Beyond The Ice will be shot in Alaska.

The source said: "The last three Bond films have grossed more than 1billion at the box office worldwide and this one is being tipped as another winner."

(Copyright The Mirror 2000)

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