There are such iconic roles that no matter how much you stray from them, they always come back to you. James Bond is the most paradigmatic case as it is a character who has been brought to life by stars such as Roger Moore, Sean Connery or Pierce Brosnan, with many other projects behind him, but whose years like 007 remain among the most remembered of their careers.
Brosnan, the last Bond we had before Daniel Craig take over, not only must he deal with the eternal fame of donning the English spy’s tux, but you also have to routinely answer the question of who should be the next agent. In a recent interview for People, the Irishman has answered this question again, assuring that Idris Elba, one of the names that sounds the most for the role, it would be a “great” choice.
“Idris Elba comes to mind,” Brosnan said: “Idris has such a powerful presence and such a commanding voice. It would be great. There’s Tom Hardy out there too. Tom can really up the ante, be the stand-in. They both can.” Also, the actor has opined on the future of the franchise after the departure of Craig: “Now that Daniel has made such an indelible mark, they can go on in different ways.”
Despite having answered the question, Brosnan has confessed in this interview that being constantly consulted about the new Bond “it has become boring” for him. Of course, he is aware that it is the price to pay for having belonged to this saga: “You have to get over it and celebrate as a member of the audience and as a man who walked that path and played that character.”
For Craig, who replaced him at the helm of these films, he has only good words: “Daniel has been magnificent and can walk away with his head held high. He has left an indelible mark on the franchise.” He also fondly remembers his days as Bond, James Bond, and states that “My years doing it, a decade, I treasure them, they are like a gift that I keep receiving.”