Daniel Craig is set to star as James Bond one last time in No Time to Die, and there has been a lot of discussion on who will be the next Bond actor. While some have discussed Idris Elba being a fan-favorite, some are also thinking about a woman taking on the role of Bond. As it turns out, former Bond Pierce Brosnan is all up for it.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Brosnan said when asked about a woman Bond, "Yes! 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,” Brosnan, however, doesn’t think that it will happen with the franchise’s current producers. He continues, “I don't think that's going to happen with the Broccolis. I don't think that is going to happen under their watch."
Though the character of James Bond is considered a bit troubling for 2019’s “woke” standards, No Time to Die writer Phoebe Waller-Bridge is all about embracing Bond’s misogyny. She thinks that the character is still relevant to this time and that he just needs to grow. She says, “… There are spectacular chase sequences and fights, and Bond is still Bond but he's having to learn to deal with the world of #MeToo.”
Personally, I think that recasting Bond as a woman is kind of obvious pandering at this point, but if a woman writer herself is confident that Bond should stay the way he is and just be written differently then I think there’s a way for the franchise to survive in today’s social climate.
Catch No Time to Die when it hits theaters April 8, 2020.