Pierce Brosnan thinks producer would not "allow" a gay Bond: "I don't know how it would work"

Casting a black actor as Bond does seem more likely, says the former 007

Published August 26, 2015 5:02PM (EDT)

  (Reuters/Danny Moloshok)
(Reuters/Danny Moloshok)

In an interview with Details, former 007 Pierce Brosnan weighed in on the fraught James Bond identity wars, saying that while he could picture a gay Bond (or as he put it, “sure, why not?”) he doesn't see it happening anytime soon.

"Actually, I don't know how it would work,” he continued. "I don't think Barbara [Broccoli, the longstanding "James Bond" producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing.”

Rather, Brosnan thinks it is more likely that we’ll live to see a black actor embodying the iconic secret agent, alluding to the longstanding rumors that “Wire” and “Luther” star Idris Elba is next in line for the role.

"Let's start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence,” said Brosnan. "But I think Daniel [Craig] will be there for a while yet.”

Read the rest of the interview with Brosnan — which delves into the actor’s personal tragedies and his thoughts on botox — over at Details.

By Anna Silman

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