CORK-BORN actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers does not believe himself to be a sex symbol.

At least, that's what he told the New York Times recently.

"I don't think of myself as a sex symbol in any way.

I mean, I've never been sent a pair of knickers or anything, " he said, identifying the measure by which actors guage whether or not the are attractive to women.

Mind you he does have an idea that might just work.

"I have a plan to save the Bond movies, " he says.

"Why don't the producers have James Bond fight his own son? He's had so many affairs, it's feasible he has a child who's exactly like him, but who hates Bond because his mother was treated badly.

"I've got some sexual danger to me, a mischievous look in my eye. I should go all out and become a villain."