She studied musical theatre at the Arts Educational Schools, London, and made her adult stage breakthrough with a leading role in a 1987 production of 42nd Street.Her screen debut came in the French-Italian film 1001 Nights (1990), and she found success as a regular in the British television series The Darling Buds of May (1991–93)."Catherine is feisty, independent and very beautiful - a deadly combination for a glamorous spy," a senior executive at Eon Films, one of the companies producing the 20th outing for 007, told the paper, "Schedule permitting, she's our girl."If she takes the role, Zeta-Jones will become the first woman in nearly 40 years of Bond films to break into the male-dominated world of the secret agent.Bond girls of the past have tended to be glamorous accessories who fall in love with and then into bed with 007.Catherine Zeta-Jones (pictured) looks set to become the first female 00 secret agent to be cast in a James Bond film, if reports today are to be believed.The Daily Mirror claims that the Welsh actress, who recently hit front pages across the world when she married Michael Douglas, has already undertaken a screen test to play Pierce Brosnan's sidekick in the latest James Bond blockbuster, provisionally titled Beyond the Ice.Dougray Scott, who is rumoured to be the Bond producers' first choice, has said that he will turn down the role if it is offered to him because he thinks he would never be able to better fellow Scot, Sean Connery.
However, since Judi Dench was cast as spy chief M in Golden Eye, the Bond producers have been attempting to give better roles to women.
Pierce Brosnan has said that the forthcoming film will mark the last time that he will play Ian Fleming's hero and speculation is rife over who will replace him.