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Former ‘James Bond’ star Pierce Brosnan has given insight into who he thinks could fill the iconic shoes and be the next James Bond.
Daniel Craig has played the legendary role since his debut in 2006’s ‘Casino Royale’, and has said in recent years that he doesn’t see himself playing the role any longer. News finally broke that Craig would be leaving the character after 2021’s “No Time to Die.”
There has been a lot of debate among fans of the franchise over who should reprise the role and many of them have very strong opinions about who it should be. One person who doesn’t seem to have a strong opinion on who the next link should be is Brosnan.
“Who should do it? I don’t care,” he told GQ Magazine.
PIERCE BROSNAN SAYS HE WILL NEVER PLAY JAMES BOND AGAIN: ‘IT’S ANOTHER MAN’S WORK’
It doesn’t appear that Brosnan cared much about the franchise after he finished his role, explaining that he hadn’t seen three of the five James Bond films released after his replacement.
“I saw the last one,” he says, “and I saw Skyfall. I love Skyfall. I’m not too sure about the last one. Daniel always gives from his heart. Very brave, very strong.”
Brosnan was working on a TV show, “Remington Steele,” when he caught the eye of “James Bond” producer Albert Broccoli. Although he wanted Brosnan to reprise the role at the time, he was contractually obligated to continue working on the TV show, eventually making his Bond debut in “GoldenEye 007” in 1995.
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He continued to play the role until 2004, when one day, while on vacation in the Bahamas, he learned from the film’s producers that they had decided to change things up with a change of actor.
“It’s damn frustrating that the f***ers pulled the rug out when they did. It was like, ‘Come on, we’re family here,'” he told Playboy in 2005. “I get a call from my agents at five o’clock in the afternoon in the Bahamas, and I learn that you have ended the negotiations because you do not know how, where or how to go… What can I say? It’s cold, it’s juvenile and it shouldn’t be done like this, not after 10 years and four films.”
Later in the interview, Brosnan admitted that after the initial shock wore off, he felt immense relief that he no longer had to take on the responsibility of the role.
“Later, yes, I had a wonderful feeling of release: ‘Ahhhh. I’m free of it.’ I will always be known as Bond, but now I no longer have the responsibility of being an ambassador for a small country run by a character,” he said in the interview.
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As for who will succeed Craig in the future, many names have been thrown around, including Idris Elba, but it doesn’t seem like he’s interested in taking on the role.