Time for black or gay James Bond, says Pierce Brosnan
The next James Bond could be black or gay, argues 007 veteran Pierce Brosnan.
“Sure. Why not?” the Irish star was quoted as telling men’s magazine Details when asked if he could picture a gay Bond.
Brosnan said he doubted Bond producer Barbara Broccoli would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime.
“But it would certainly make for interesting viewing,” he added.
“Let’s start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence.”
Elba, 42, is seen as a frontrunner to succeed Daniel Craig, who has played the suave British agent for the last 10 years.
Brosnan played Bond in movies “Goldeneye,” “Tomorrow Never Dies,” “The World is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day” in the 1990s and 2000s.
His remarks were published five months after another previous 007 actor, Roger Moore, was blasted on social media for suggesting race should be a factor when casting the next Bond.
French magazine Paris Match quoted him as saying: “Though James has been played by a Scot, a Welshman, an Irishman, I think he should be English-English. It’s nonetheless an interesting idea, but unrealistic.