A female Bond? 'Never', says former 007 Pierce Brosnan
Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan has said he thinks the next actor to take on the role of 007 will be male and white.
The 62-year-old Irish-born actor - who starred in the spy franchise from 1994 to 2005 before handing over to current Bond Daniel Craig - said the character, created by Ian Fleming, is "all man".
The new movie, Spectre, is rumoured to be Craig's final turn as the MI5 agent, and there has been much speculation as to whether his successor could be a black actor, or even a woman.
But Brosnan said: "Anything is possible, for sure, but I think he'll be male and he'll be white."
He added: "There's no reason why you cannot have a black James Bond. But a female James Bond, no. James Bond is a guy, he's all male."
Earlier this month he spoke to Details about the prospect of a gay James Bond. Initially he said, "Sure. Why not?" then added, "Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don't think [producer] Barbara Broccoli would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing."
Brosnan went on to back Idris Elba as the first black Jamews Bond.
"Let's start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence," he said, adding, "But I think Daniel [Craig] will be there for a while yet."
Craig has signed on for another Bond after the upcoming Spectre, due for release in October. However, he has been very vocal about his desire to leave the franchise, stating "I've been trying to get out of this from the very moment I got into it".
Idris Elba has been mooted as the favourite to take over from Craig. However, it seems Damien Lewis has the backing of Broccoli, after she worked with him on last year's The Silent Storm.
Broccoli went to great lengths to keep the actor happy while on location. “She overheard me say my pillow was like a brick and she arrived in her car from London with two duck-down pillows from John Lewis,” he recalled.