Scottish actor Gerard Butler has confirmed that he has had talks with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about taking over the 007 role if Pierce Brosnan decides to relinquish it. (Bond was originally played by a Scotsman, Sean Connery.) Appearing on the U.K.’s commercial breakfast television company GMTV, Butler said, “It’s very flattering and I can’t say much more then that. I was getting phone calls from L.A. saying that it was on CNN that I had been named as the new Bond. Since then I’ve been getting calls from everywhere from Israel to South Africa.” Some writers speculated that Butler might have been joking, since no record could be found of such a CNN report.