Pierce Brosnan spoke about the fate of the James Bond franchise in a new interview with GQ. (opens in a new tab), stating that he doesn’t really care who the new 007 should be. Brosnan played Bond in four consecutive films: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day. Daniel Craig took over in 2006, making his debut as 007 in Casino Royale. After five movies, the producers are ready to find their next Bond.
“Who should do it? I don’t care,” he told the magazine. “It will be interesting to see who they catch, who the man will be. Whoever he is, I wish him well.”
The ambivalence may stem from the Bond producers’ abrupt decision to replace him with Craig in 2004, doing so in a phone call. “It’s fucking frustrating that the motherfuckers pulled the rug when they did,” he told Playboy at the time.
Though considered a frontrunner, Idris Elba reportedly has no interest in taking over the franchise. Meanwhile, director Sam Mendes thinks the new Bond should be a woman. Spider-Man star Tom Holland even introduced himself as a young Bond, but the speech ended up making it into the Uncharted movie. Producer Barba Broccoli says that while there won’t be any announcements anytime soon, whoever they decide to cast, he had better be set to play the role for a decade.
“The thing is, it’s going to be a couple of years away. And when we cast Bond, it’s going to be a 10-12 year commitment,” Broccoli told Variety. (opens in a new tab). “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].”
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