Pierce Brosnan Names Two Actors He Thinks Could Succeed Daniel Craig as Bond

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Once a Bond star, always a Bond star, as Pierce Brosnan has found out over the years.

The Irishman became the fifth actor to portray 007, starring in four movies released between 1995 and 2002: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day. Ever since, he's been asked about future Bonds so often that "sometimes it becomes wearisome," the 68-year-old said in an interview with People.

However, Brosnan then added sanguinely: "You have to get over that and celebrate it as a member of the audience and as a man who has kind of walked that walk and played that part. Bond will live on here."

After saying he has "no idea" who should become the next 007, Brosnan singled out two actors who, for him, have the right qualities to succeed Daniel Craig following this year's No Time to Die, which Craig has said will be his final adventure.

"Idris Elba comes to mind," Brosnan said. "Idris is such a powerful presence and such a great former voice tensity. He would be magnificent. There's Tom Hardy out there as well. Tom can really chew the furniture up, just be a ball boy - both men can."

Brosnan also took the opportunity to pay tribute to Craig's contribution to the Bond universe, saying: "Daniel was magnificent and he can walk away head up, shoulders back. He truly left an indelible mark on the franchise."

Elba said in April that he feels "chased" by constant rumors linking him to Bond, but also revealed that his mum still thinks he will land the iconic role. Back in October, we published a guide to 11 actors predicted to become the next James Bond, including Elba, Hardy, Tom Hiddleston, Daniel Kaluuya, and Cillian Murphy.

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