Actor Pierce Brosnan, who portrayed the legendary super-spy James Bond in four 007 movies, has spoken up to say it is time for a woman to play the title role.
Asked by The Hollywood Reporter for his thoughts on a woman playing 007, Brosnan replied, “Yes!”
“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,” he said.
It is rumored that one of the plot points in the upcoming No Time To Die movie will feature Lashana Lynch’s character taking over the 007 title from Daniel Craig. This has yet to be confirmed. However, we do know that Craig is reportedly planning to retire from playing James Bond after No Time To Die.
Brosnan went on to say that the current producers of the 007 movie franchise, the Broccoli family, might not allow this change. “I don’t think that’s going to happen with the Broccolis. I don’t think that is going to happen under their watch,” he said.
In 2017, model, singer, actress, and video game performer Cara Delevingne spoke about how she would like to play James Bond someday. “Everyone’s saying I’m meant to be a Bond girl but I’m like, ‘no – I’m working on the James Bond aspect first.’ I wouldn’t mind being a Bond girl but I’m going for James,” she said.
Brosnan played 007 in four James Bond films from 1994 through 2004, including GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day.
The new movie, No Time To Die, picks up with Craig’s James Bond out of active service and living a peaceful life in Jamaica. Obviously, it doesn’t stay this way. “His old friend Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology,” reads a line from the movie’s description.
No Time To Die is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, who is best known for the first season of True Detective and the acclaimed drama Beasts of No Nation. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, and Léa Seydoux all return to the roles of M, Q, Miss MoneyPenny, and Madeleine Swan respectively. The new cast members include Rami Malek in a villainous role, plus Billy Magnussen and Ana de Armas. Check out some on-set footage here.
Fleabag creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge was hired to add humour to the No Time To Die script, reportedly. No Time To Die hits theatres on April 3, 2020.