THE FULL MONTY star Hugo Speer has beaten Robbie Williams and a long list of hopefuls to play the sidekick to Hollywood's new female James Bond.

The handsome Brit, who plays Nicole Kidman's brother in The Interpreter, is likely to team up with the Aussie star's best friend Naomi Watts in the film DAISY SCARLETT.

Although Watts has yet to commit to the project she's a longtime favourite for the title role.

Speer will play MI6 AGENT FARRELL in the action movie, which is being billed as the beginning of a new Bond-like franchise.

All cast members involved in the film will be expected to undergo an extensive automatic weapons training course, led by former security service officers, according to website MOVIEHOLE.NET.

06/05/2005 19:15