Brosnan Back in 'Comfy' Role of Bond

01/15/2002 AT 11:45 AM EST

He may not have a title for his movie, but 007 actor Pierce Brosnan, 47, has a nickname: "Billion Dollar Bond," reports Reuters. A spokeswoman for the production company said: "We call him our 'Billion Dollar' Bond because his three Bond films have made $1 billion." PEOPLE readers also may recall another nickname for the Irish-born actor, who is about to play James Bond for the fourth time: Sexiest Man Alive 2001. Shooting began Monday at Pinewood Studios outside London on the new, and 20th, James Bond film, which as yet remains untitled. (One suggestion has been "Beyond the Ice," but no final decision has been made.) Still, for Brosnan, playing the world's most famous spy in the 40-year-old movie series "is like slipping on a comfy pair of old slippers." The new adventure, which also stars Halle Berry, 33, will open in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea with a spectacular high-speed hovercraft chase. Other locations for the film include Hong Kong and -- for the first time -- Havana. But Bond will still be Bond. "I'm not going to turn him into a sensitive New Age guy on the shrink's couch," the film's New Zealand director Lee Tamahori told Reuters. "Bond saves the world and is always running about chasing women." Korean-American Rick Yune and British actor Toby Stephens will play the villains, or, actually, according to leaks from the set, one villain, after a bit of plastic surgery. Beware, Bond.

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