The electrophilic addition of bromine to an exocyclic diene, 5,6-dimethylenebicyclo[2.2.1]hept-2-ene, in CCl4 at 0degreesC led to the formation of non-rearranged (73%) and rearranged products (27%). However, high temperature bromination of the exocyclic diene at 77degreesC suppressed the formation of the rearranged products. Similarly, bromination of 9,10-dimethylenetricyclo[18.104.22.168(2.7)]undeca-2,4,6-triene at -10degreesC gave only the exo-1,2-addition product. Bromination at +5degreesC resulted in the formation of a mixture consisting of exo-1,2- and 1,4-addition products in a ratio of (1:4). High temperature bromination at 77degreesC resulted in the formation of the endo-1,2-addition product. Furthermore, it has been shown that the 1,4-addition product converts smoothly to the 1,2-addition product. The formation mechanism of the products is discussed and supported by calculations. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.