66-year-old Pierce Brosnan has waded into the James Bond “controversy” of the idea of a woman Bond. And the former Bond himself says that it’s time for some estrogen to get all up in the James Bond role. A man siding with a woman taking over his former position? Pierce better buckle in because he’s about to have a lot of fan-boys online calling him a “cuck”.
Let the Reddit threads go beserk: Pierce Brosnan is pro-female James Bond. The Hollywood Reporter says that Pierce was at the Deauville Film Festival, telling everyone who would listen about how he thinks it’s time for some ovaries to save the world in the name of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. There have recently been rumors that Lashana Lynch is going to take over as 007 from Daniel Craig in the next Bond movie: No Time to Die.
Pierce is about it:
“Yes!… think we’ve watched the guys do it for the last 40 years, get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there. I think it would be exhilarating, it would be exciting.”
But he also said he doesn’t think it’s really gonna happen–dragging the Broccoli family who produces the series. They’re responsible for the movies existing and so I assume that means they have tons of power of what goes on and he doesn’t think they’ll do it:
“I don’t think that’s going to happen with the Broccolis. I don’t think that is going to happen under their watch.”
He also got into how Bond should change with the times:
“Without question, yes… The #MeToo movement has been relevant and significant and well needed in our society, so they’ll have to address that.”
Pierce also said how much he loved playing the character:
“James Bond has a certain significance and a deep pride. I will be asked about him until my dying days–it just goes with the territory. He’s a beloved character. I was honored to play the role and I rejuvenated a franchise that had been dormant.”
Don’t think I missed where he side-dragged the Broccolis one more time with that “been dormant” comment. You know what you’re doing, Pierce!
Now for the dark-ish, side. Pierce worked with Roman Polanski on The Ghost Writer back in 2010 which is still after we all knew Roman Polanski raped a girl. Pierce dismissed questions about the director and also about Woody Allen whose A Rainy Day in New York was the festival’s opener.
“Mr. Polanski and I have worked together, he’s a brilliant filmmaker and so is Woody Allen. We celebrate them as filmmakers.”
That’s very neutral of you, Pierce. Not quite R. Kelly‘s crisis guy saying he wouldn’t leave his daughter alone with his boss, but also far from Scarlett Johansson writing Woody Allen a character witness statement.
Pierce’s next movie is a comedy for Netflix with Will Farrell and Rachel McAdams, about the Eurovision song contest where he plays Will’s dad:
“I was thrilled to do it… [The script made him laugh] like a drain… I look at myself on the screen, I don’t see me, I see an old man. Gray hair, what? I always said I’d just grow into the gray. It’s an exciting time because it leads to the next chapter of life.”
Here’s Pierce at the Deauville Film Festival in France: