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Pierce Brosnan ‘think[s] Tom Hardy could be a good Bond’

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Jun 27, 2018, 1:03 PM EDT

Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan has endorsed Tom Hardy as the next Bond, explaining that he believes the Dark Knight Rises and Venom actor could put “a bit of wiggle” into the part. 

Brosnan, who played the suave British agent in four films, told The Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine that “Daniel Craig has been an incredible Bond. He’s very physical, he looks lethal. You genuinely believe this is someone who could kill a man.” 

However, once Craig decides he’s had enough playing the character, Brosnan believes Hardy is the right man for the job. “[Craig’s] complained about doing the part because he’s put himself through a lot physically, but he will do the next movie, and then I think Tom Hardy could be a good Bond,” Brosnan explained. “I’d be happy to see him do it. You need an actor who can put a bit of wiggle into it – that’s what makes Bond.”

But what about a woman in the role, especially when one considers that Bond may be a touch, how shall we say, outdated in the current #MeToo environment? Brosnan replied: “Bond is Bond and you can’t change that. I think a woman could play Bond but it wouldn’t be James Bond.”

Now, we know that Craig is currently on board to play 007 again in the next Bond film, which will be helmed by 28 Days Later and Sunshine director Danny Boyle. It’s set to be released in theatres in the U.K. on Oct. 25, 2019 and later in the U.S. on Nov. 8 of that year. 

Shooting Bond 25 (the working title) will begin in December at Pinewood Studios. It will be the fifth Bond film to star Craig and the 25th installment of the franchise (hence the working title). 

So, what do you think? Would Tom Hardy be a good choice to play Bond once Craig decides he’s done saving the world? Okay, let’s rephrase that: Hardy would absolutely be a great choice to play Bond. But would he be your first choice? And do you agree with Brosnan that casting a woman would make the character cease to be, or are we due for a Jane Bond? You know what to do: let us know in the comments below. 

(Via The Mail)