In the past, there were rumours of a few Indian heroines being offered a part in the Bond franchise. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan was apparently a contender for a role. It was reported that former Bond Pierce Brosnon had recommended her name to the makers. Another actor who was considered was Freida Pinto, who, post the success of Slumdog Millionaire (2008), had become quite popular. But later, the makers found her to be too young for the role. There were also murmurs of Bipasha Basu being in the running for a role in one of the franchise’s earlier films.