The debate over who should be the next 007 continues and the latest person to weigh in is one of the character’s most famous actors. Pierce Brosnan told The Hollywood Reporter that he thinks it’s time for a woman to play the famous spy role and we couldn’t agree more.
“I think we’ve watched the guys do it for the last 40 years, get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there,” Brosnan told THR. “I think it would be exhilarating, it would be exciting,” he said. While Brosnan thinks a change is needed, he doesn’t think it will happen with the producers who are currently in charge of 007. “I don’t think that’s going to happen with the Broccolis. I don’t think that is going to happen under their watch,” said Brosnan. The actor added that the franchise needs to adapt in order to continue being watchable in a society that is no longer sitting idly by in theaters while women are treated as second class citizens. “Without question, yes…,” said Brosnan. “The #MeToo movement has been relevant and significant and well needed in our society, so they’ll have to address that.”
Brosnan, who played the beloved English spy in GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002), acknowledges that the role will be the most memorable part of his career, and that’s something he’s happy about. “James Bond has a certain significance and a deep pride,” Brosnan told THR. “I will be asked about him until my dying days — it just goes with the territory. He’s a beloved character.”
The identity of the next James Bond has been heavily debated and discussed. For a long time it looked as though Idris Elba would be donning a black tux and ordering a martini shaken, not stirred. But the Luther actor has adamantly denied the reports, even going as far as saying he won’t be Bond. We can overlook that last part and still hold out hope for Elba. Daniel Craig, the current Bond, said he’d rather ‘slash his wrists’ than play James Bond again and he’s currently filming his sixth film as the famous character. The Bond people are very forgiving.
Brosnan isn’t the only Bond that is ready for a woman spy. Daniel Craig has also publicly said he thinks it’s time for a female Bond to take over the reins. It worked for Doctor Who.
The 25th installment in the James Bond franchise is currently being filmed in Jamaica, with Craig starring alongside Ralph Fiennes, Rami Malek, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Lea Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright. Cary Fukunaga is directing No Time to Die, which is expected to be released in 2020.