Pierce Brosnan is not thinking about the next James Bond.
In a new interview with GQthe 69-year-old actor looked back on his time in the iconic role, which spanned seven years and four films — Golden Eye, Tomorrow never dies, The world is not enough and Die another day — and said he doesn’t care who gets the next part.
‘Who should do it? I don’t care,’ he said. “It will be interesting to see who they get, who the man will be. Whoever he is, I wish him the best.’
Brosnan also commends his successor, Daniel Craig, for his portrayal of 007 – especially in 2012 skyfall. “I saw the last one and I saw skyfall‘, he said. ‘I love… skyfall. I’m not so sure about the latter.” (Craig’s last Bond film was last year’s No time to die.)
The Black Adam actor continued: “Daniel always gives from his heart. Very brave, very strong.”
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In an interview with Variety this week, Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said they are still pitching actors for the role, including Idris Elba, whom Broccoli said they loved.
“The point is, it will take a few years,” she explained. “And when we cast Bond, it’s a 10, 12-year commitment. So he’s probably thinking, ‘Do I really want that thing?’ Not everyone wants that, it was hard enough already [Daniel Craig to do it].”
Wilson added, “And he was in his early thirties at the time!”
Elba’s name has been in the mix for years, dating back to a leaked 2014 email in which Sony Pictures director Amy Pascal revealed her feeling that “Idris should be the next Bond.”
In 2019, the actor acknowledged his complicated feelings about becoming Bond Vanity Fair.
“James Bond is a hugely coveted, iconic, much-loved character who takes audiences on this massive escapist journey,” he said. “Of course if someone said to me, ‘Do you want to play James Bond?’ I would say, ‘Yes!’ That fascinates me, but it’s not something I’ve said, like, ‘Yeah, I want to be the Black James Bond.’ “Because, by the way, we’re talking about a spy. If you really want to break through it, the less obvious the better.”