Pierce Brosnan, who played the role of Ian Fleming’s James Bond for four films from 1995-2002, says that he thinks it’s now a good time for a woman to take on the role of the MI6 agent.
Brosnan occupied the role until he was replaced in 2006 by current James Bond star Daniel Craig who himself is bowing out of the role next year with Cary Fukunaga’s “No Time to Die” which is currently shooting around London.
Speaking with THR this week, Brosnan says he’s all for a gender swap of the character: “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 adds that he still looks back on his time in the role fondly: “James Bond has a certain significance and a deep pride. I will be asked about him until my dying days — it just goes with the territory. He’s a beloved character.”
Brosnan’s first film “Goldeneye” remains one of the most well-regarded of the modern-era Bond films.