British tabloids are claiming he will be officially named the next Bond this week.
There are some pushing for the nip/tuck star Julian McMahon. He is in the running (has publically admitted to it), but he's an Aussie... last Aussie Bond didn't get that good of a reception, and only had one film (that'd be Mr.Lazenby). There is also discussion of MGM just pulling out the big bucks and taking care of the situation by throwing as much money as they possibly can at Pierce Brosnan.
All the (popular) possibilities are here.
My opinion? Brosnan is a hell of a Bond. I think Owens will be a great Bond. As long as names like Orlando Bloom, Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, and every other 'big name' stay out of the picture, I'd be happy.
I'm rooting for Pierce or Clive, myself...