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Brosnan ‘Golden’ in new Bond pic

GOOD MORNING: Pierce Brosnan, on the longhorn from London and “Goldeneye,” his first outing as James Bond — with two more to come per his pact — says, “They are already working on the script for the second.” You recall Brosnan was originally paged to play Bond in 1986 “and when I was called back again, I couldn’t say no; it was like unfinished business.” The stunts use “real bodies,” he promises — and often one of those “bodies” is him (“within reason,” he adds). “They have major insurance. I have a family to support,” said the 41 -year-old father of three, who has already done a bungee jump for a scene. He says the Bond pic will be true to its reputation for live action, not computerized a la “True Lies.” They canceled plans to shoot in St. Petersburg because it got “botched up,” he said, so they’re re-creating Russia on the stage. The Russians are again the heavies, but they are the “Mafia of the old KGB,” he sez … The five Bond soundstages have been created in a converted, giant Rolls-Royce factory outside London. “We don’t have any ghosts (of the previous Bond stars) here,” noted Brosnan. The original “Bond” stage remains so named at Pinewood Studios; we noted the sign still atop it on our visit there last fall … Brosnan says they are on schedule for the $ 50 million-$ 55 million UA pic, directed by Martin Campbell. They shoot six days a week on a 20 -week sked, to wind May 23. On May 13, Brosnan satellites his salute to the Permanent Charities Run/Walk for Women’s Cancer at the Fox lot. His wife, Cassie, died of cancer three years ago. Melanie Griffith takes over in-person host duties for the Revlon/UCLA-sponsored event. Brosnan is Permanent Charities Ambassador for women’s health issues … He’ll be visited next week in London by “good friend” Keely Shaye Smith, actress and environmental journalist. She is readying a TBS series.

“IT’S A BRAND NEW MUSICAL, not the film,” said Julie Andrews from rehearsals of “Victor/Victoria.” The show heads to Minneapolis on May 24 for four weeks, then eight in Chi before N.Y. previews Oct. 3 for an Oct. 25 opening at the Marriott Marquis. The $ 8.5 million show includes money from Blake Edwards, Andrews and Tony Adams. Will Julie take a salary as well? “I’d better,” she laughed, “since I sleep with the director!” She’ll remain with the show (assuming it’s a hit, of course) for a year after the B’way bow. She admits it’s been a long hard row getting it started: “the wildest roller coaster. But it’s better to start when you’re ready — and not to just make a date. We are a fantastic company; we are all bonded already.” Andrews says, “Hank (Mancini) wrote us a legacy and all of us are resolved to be the keeper of the flame for him.” She says “King’s Dilemma,” a song Mancini wrote five days before he died, is the most beautiful song she’s ever heard. Leslie Bricusse, who has been working on the show with Mancini and Edwards for four years, is constantly present … Red Buttons bows his one-man Broadway show June 8 at the Ambassador with Corky Hale. Buttons last appeared on those boards in Minsky’s burlesque when it was raided and closed in 1942! Buttons and Hale gave samplings of their great talents Tuesday p.m. at Nancy (Olson) and Alan Livingston’s birthday party for Jay Livingston, Oscar-winning songwriting partner of Ray Evans. Nancy told of watching the tunesters at work when she was a Par pactee. And Alan, onetime Capitol Records topper, told how Nat (King) Cole had to be coaxed into recording Livingston & Evans’ “Mona Lisa.” Jo Stafford and Paul Weston did their inimitable (satiric) off-key rendition of “I Love Paris.” And Jay Livingston was serenaded with a parodied “You’re the Top” by the Archerds … UCLA basketball coach Jim Harrick was at the Oscars as guest of Bruin alum Mark Canton, who in turn is invited, with wife Wendy — and Jack Nicholson — to Seattle on Saturday for the UCLA-Oklahoma State NCAA Semi-Final game.

SIEGFRIED & ROY and Fox Children’s Network have pacted for a four-part animated mini to be followed by 65 half-hour segs; Kenneth Feld and Bernie Yuman are exec producers. Meanwhile, S&R continue to amaze and amuse SRO crowds of kids of all ages at Las Vegas’ Mirage … All of us are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Carroll and Nancy O’Connor’s son, Hugh. I was talking to Carroll only a week ago when he expressed extreme concern over Hugh, fearing what might — and sadly, did happen … Ana Martinez-Holler and Jon Holler welcomed daughter Natasha Terese on March 25. Mama is Hollywood Walk of Fame publicity director … After Wednesday’s double Walk of Fame ceremony for Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly, Barney Rosenzweig partied his “Cagney & Lacey” stars at a Chasen’s lunch as the duo readies for their third and fourth two-hour shows … Personal manager Kal Ross, recuping from liver surgery, would enjoy calls to him at the Hancock Park Convalescent Center … The first Cesar Chavez Legacy Awards, Saturday at the Biltmore, is a sellout. Robert Redford’s joined the board; honorees include Ethel Kennedy and Martin Sheen, with Luis Valdez and Julie Carmen co-hosting.

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