There's a rumor going around that all SIX actors who've played James Bond will appear together onstage at the Oscars. But that might not happen . . . because of Pierce Brosnan.
TMZ caught up with Brosnan the other day and asked him about the Bond tribute . . . and Brosnan replied, quote, "Well, they'll be missing one."
For the record, the six Bonds are Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig.
Although technically, there were TWO other Bonds . . . one of whom played the character BEFORE Connery. That was Barry Nelson, an AMERICAN actor who played him in a version of the novel "Casino Royale" in 1954. It was for an episode of the anthology series "Climax! Mystery Theater".
Then, in 1967, David Niven played Bond in a COMEDY version of "Casino Royale". That was five years AFTER Connery starred in his first Bond flick, "Dr. No".
(Nelson and Niven aren't considered part of the OFFICIAL Bond franchise, though. And there's no real controversy over their exclusion from the Oscars, since they're both conveniently dead.)