Jinx: According to Variety, Halle Berry will not be seen again as the American spy in the Die Another Day spin-off Jinx, after all.

Much to the apparent dismay of Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson at Eon, MGM has nixed their planned spin-off movie featuring Berry's character, which was due to be made before the next Bond film.

Jinx was being written by Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Rob Wade, and was due to be directed by Stephen Frears (which hadn't been announced yet). Last week MGM told Eon to stop work on the project and press ahead instead with Bond 21, due to shoot in 2005.

Brian B.