West Country poet favourite to land James Bond role

30/05/2012 22:32

Writer, poet,  and broadcaster Pam Ayres has surprised movie insiders by emerging as the clear favourite to play James Bond in next year's 24th movie of the popular spy series, following news that Daniel Craig's appearance as the MI6 agent in Skyfall will be his last.

Pam Ayres & Daniel Craig - The FigCool, sophisticated, and irresistible to the opposite sex. Also shown is Daniel Craig (right), who struggles to construct even the simplest Haiku.

Pam, who will now have to balance counterespionage with stints on Countdown's Dictionary Corner, first shot to fame three decades ago on the TV talent show "Opportunity Knocks", several years before Orlando Bloom and Clive Owen (previously joint favourites to land the Bond role) were born.

On being told the news at her farm in the heart of the Cotswolds, Pam told waiting press that she was 'surprised and flattered', before inviting them to help her feed her chickens.

Defending the unexpected casting, long time Bond producer Barbara Broccoli explained that she thought that the cinema-going and wider public were now ready for a female version of the world's most famous secret agent. Speaking exclusively to the fig at Eon Productions' plush offices in London's Piccadilly, Ms Broccoli explained that "Nobody expected Judi Dench to carry off the role of 'M', but her performances in the last five Bond outings shows that fans are prepared to relax their gender preconceptions, means we can bring the Bond franchise right up-to-date.

"Pam's everything that the 21st century bond should be. She's sharp, she's sexy, and she can write poems about issues that gently mock the trials faced by rural menopausal woman, such as being unable to set the video recorder."

Mrs Ayres, 61, is believed to have impressed casting directors by reciting a specially commissioned poem at her audition. the fig has managed to get hold of an exclusive extract.

"I am a secret agent
Undercover at my farm
I've built a one-man submarine
And hid it in the barn"