Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan says he’d have no problem with 007 romancing other men - but he doesn’t expect it to happen.
In an interview with Details, the 62-year old Irish actor, who portrayed 007 in four films between 1995 and 2002, expressed his happiness about the legalisation of gay marriage in his homeland - and to the question of a gay Bond, he responded, “Sure. Why not?”
However, Brosnan slammed on the brakes almost immediately when contemplating the chances of this actually coming to pass:
“Actually, I don’t know how it would work. I don’t think Barbara [Broccoli, the James Bond producer] would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing.”
Of course, there was a scene in the last Bond movie ‘Skyfall’ which saw Javier Bardem’s Silva express sexual interest in Daniel Craig’s Bond - who, in turn, implies he might have had sexual encounters with men in the past.
Even so, this brief moment would not seem to have too much bearing on the film overall, and it remains to be seen whether it will come up again in ‘SPECTRE.’
Still, while Brosnan has his doubts about Bond ever being gay, he did go on to give his endorsement to one of the actors most commonly cited as a potential future Bond:
“Let’s start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence. But I think Daniel [Craig] will be there for a while yet.”
Brosnan’s latest film ‘No Escape’ opens in UK cinemas on 4 September, whilst the next Bond movie ‘SPECTRE’ lands on 26 October.
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