Pierce Brosnan Names Idris Elba And Tom Hardy As Best Candidates To Play Next James Bond
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Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan has revealed who he thinks should step into the tuxedo next, saying there are two actors that he thinks fit the bill.
Brosnan, 68, played the iconic secret agent in four films - GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day - between 1995 and 2002, eventually passing the baton on to Daniel Craig.
Speaking to People magazine about the future of the franchise, Brosnan said he had 'no idea' who producers would choose to play the new Bond - but that hasn't stopped him offering up his opinion.
It turns out he believes two big names stand out for him: Luther actor Idris Elba and Venom star Tom Hardy.
Brosnan said: "Idris Elba comes to mind.
"Idris is such a powerful presence and such a great former voice tensity. He would be magnificent."
He added: "There's Tom Hardy out there as well.
"Tom can really chew the furniture up, just be a ball boy - both men can."
Brosnan explained that he doesn't have any intel on who producers will go for, saying: "Your guess is as good as mine."
He added: "I think now that Daniel has left such an indelible footprint, they can go in many different ways."
In the meantime, we've got one last instalment with Daniel Craig to enjoy, with No Time To Die - the 25th film in the series, which is due for release this September after various delays due to the pandemic.
As well as being Daniel Craig's fifth and final portrayal of 007, the film will also see Rami Malek in the role of villain Safin. Other additions to the long-running franchise include Knives Out star Ana de Armas and Captain Marvel's Lashana Lynch.
We'll also be seeing some familiar characters alongside Bond, such as Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter and Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld.
The film's synopsis says: "James Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help.
"The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology."
No Time to Die is due to be release in UK cinemas on 30 September 2021.