Tarantino Wants to Pierce 007 Bubble

updated 04/08/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/08/2004 1:29PM

With Pierce Brosnan set to make his fifth and final appearance as 007 in the next James Bond movie, filmmaker Quentin Tarantino thinks the old boy ought to go out with a bang -- with the "Pulp Fiction" director himself helming the Bond flick.

"There's a thin chance that it might work out. I've talked to Pierce Brosnan about doing it," Tarantino, on the promotional trail for the new "Kill Bill: Volume 2," told reporters.

Tarantino wants the next Bond film to be a remake of "Casino Royale," based on the Ian Fleming novel. In 1967, a satiric version, starring David Niven as 007, was released -- and bombed, though its Burt Bacharach-Hal David soundtrack went on to become a classic (and served to inspire the "Austin Powers" series).

Dismissing possible concerns by the Bond producers of how their iconic hero could come off in the hands of the iconoclastic Tarentino, the 40-year-old director said: "I don't know that they have anything to lose. They've got this gigantic franchise. They can't go wrong with it. Pierce Brosnan is only going to do one more movie for them, if that. So if he stayed on to do one more for me. .. I won't do anything that will ruin the series."

The burp about Bond comes just as Brosnan, 50, has announced that he has no deal to make the next 007 adventure because the producers are, in his words, "paralyzed." He also criticized their apparent decision to put action and special effects ahead of story and character.

Tarantino, though, promises a small-scale, plot-driven Bond, he says.

In other Brosnan-Bond news, "Kill Bill" actor Michael Madsen, a friend and neighbor of Brosnan's, is saying that Pierce has already been "bought out" by the Bond producers and replaced by an Australian actor -- and though Madsen couldn't recall the Aussie's exact name, Hugh Jackman, 35, has frequently been mentioned as a likely new Bond.

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