As the search continues for the next actor to play James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, the fifth actor to play the British super-spy, spoke to GQ about his indifference about who will take on the role after Daniel Craig.
“Who should do it? I don’t care,” Brosnan said. “It will be interesting to see who they catch, who the man will be… whoever he is, I wish him well.” Adds GQ writer Alex Pappademas, describing Brosnan’s tone as “indicating that maybe he’s not really that interesting.”
Brosnan further adds, “I saw the last one and I saw Skyfall. I love Skyfall. I’m not so sure about the last one.” [No Time to Die]. Daniel always gives from his heart. Very brave, very strong. But…” And then, Pappademas points out, “the idea remains unfinished.”
Earlier this week, Variety published an article with quotes from the producers of the James Bond film series, Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, about how the search for the next James Bond actor is still “beginning.” Whoever gets the part will have to sign numerous movies over a decade. And, adds Broccoli, “The thing is, it’s a couple of years away. And when we cast Bond, it’s a 10- or 12-year commitment. So you’re probably thinking, ‘Do I really want that thing?’ Not everyone wants to do that. It was hard enough to get [Daniel Craig to do it].”
Many fans have expressed that British actor Idris Elba (The Wire) will take on the role, though Broccoli and Wilson said they haven’t spoken to him. Wilson said that Elba is “great” and Broccoli said “we love Idris”. But it’s not yet clear if Elba is in consideration, or who else might be.
Sam Mendes, the Oscar-winning director behind Skyfall and Spectre, told Deadline earlier this month that while he likely won’t be applying to direct a third James Bond movie, he thinks it would be “wonderful” to have a woman direct the series. . .
Craig, while finishing his run as James Bond, commented that a woman probably shouldn’t play James Bond next. Said Craig, “There simply should be better roles for women and actors of color. Why should a woman play James Bond when there should be a role as good as James Bond, but for a woman?”
Brosnan, for his part, in 2015 apparently had more opinions on who would play Bond, saying, “There’s no reason why you can’t have a Black James Bond.”
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