It must be exhausting to be associated with a character as iconic as James Bond. Take retired 007 Pierce Brosnan, for example. 20 years after walking away from the franchise, the poor bloke still can’t seem to avoid being grilled about who the next Bond should be or what he thought about the recent flicks — despite the 40 odds films he’s done since Die Another Day.
Now, it seems as though Brosnan’s contempt for a legacy which has consistently overshadowed his post-Bond existence is beginning to surface. During his most recent profile conducted by GQ UK, he pre-emptively answered the question on everyone’s lips just to get it out of the damn way:
“Who should do it? I don’t care.”
“It’ll be interesting to see who they get, who the man shall be. Whoever he be, I wish him well,” Brosnan added in a tone that “[indicated] it’s maybe not actually that interesting.“
“I saw the last one and I saw Skyfall. I love Skyfall. I’m not too sure about the last one. Daniel always gives of his heart. Very courageous, very strong. But…”
The thought apparently goes unfinished. But it’s clear he didn’t particularly care for Cary Joji Fukunaga’s entry.
Can’t say we really blame the fella. For the first part, that is. From an official standpoint, BH quite enjoyed No Time To Die. As well as both Daniel Craig and Pierce Brosnan as their respective iterations of 007.
Veteran franchise producer Barbara Broccoli recently confirmed the long-awaited announcement surrounding the next James Bond actor is still “a couple of years off” due to the fact it’ll be a 10 to 12-year commitment.
“When people go, ‘Oh… who are you going to get?’ It’s not just about casting an actor for a film,” said Barbara Broccoli.
“It’s about a reinvention, and ‘Where are we taking it? What do we want to do with the character?’ And then, once we figure that out, who’s the right person for that particular reinvention?”
“It’s an evolution. Bond is evolving just as men are evolving. I don’t know who’s evolving at a faster pace.”
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The statement echoes earlier sentiments surrounding how blank the proverbial drawing board is at the current stage.
“Nobody’s in the running,” revealed Broccoli after being presented with her BFI Fellowships alongside half-brother and fellow producer Michael G. Wilson.
“We’re working out where to go with him, we’re talking that through. There isn’t a script and we can’t come up with one until we decide how we’re going to approach the next film because, really, it’s a reinvention of Bond.”
“We’re reinventing who he is and that takes time. I’d say that filming is at least two years away.”
Whoever it ends up being, we already know for certain it won’t be fan favourite candidate Idris Elba. Although the Luther star might still make an appearance in a different role.