Pierce Brosnan Says It’s Time For a Female James Bond
Barring a major surprise, No Time to Die will be Daniel Craig’s final James Bond film. For years — dating back to before the last Bond adventure — fans have speculated about who could replace Craig as 007, with a vocal group urging producers to make a major change from the typical casting and find a woman instead. To that vocal group you can now add another, weighty voice: Former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Brosnan — who made four Bond films through the 1990s and early 2000s, replied with an enthusastic “Yes!” when asked if it was time for a actress taking on the role of “James Bond.” He added:
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. I think it would be exhilarating, it would be exciting.
Brosnan did note that while he’s in favor of the change, he doesn’t think it will happen anytime soon, at least as long as “the Broccolis” (the family who’s produced every Bond film since the very first one, Dr. No, back in 1962). “I don't think that is going to happen under their watch," he noted.
James Bond has always changed with the times — and he’ll need to keep changing with the times to stay relevant in the 2020s. That doesn’t necessarily mean he has to turn into Jane Bond for a movie or two, but that would certainly be an interesting, relevant change. Whoever becomes the next Bond, is going to have a lot of pressure, both to live up to the past and be that new, modern version of the character — regardless of their gender. No Time to Die opens in theaters on April 8, 2020.
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