Four new contenders have emerged in the race to become the next James Bond, including ER star Goran Visnjic.

The new shortlist to succeed Pierce Brosnan in the next 007 film Casino ROYALE, includes Croatian-born Visnjic, Brit Henry Cavill, Australian ALEX O'LACHLAN and veteran Scottish actor Ewan Stewart.

An insider says, "All four are among the most impressive would-be Bonds we've ever encountered.

"The shortlist has surprised people because there is no huge star.

"Bosses want whoever wins the role to become Bond in people's minds which they wouldn't achieve with a bigger star."

24/07/2005 02:25