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Pierce Brosnan Endorses Aaron Taylor-Johnson for James Bond

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Pierce Brosnan has endorsed Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the new Bond. Credit: Flickr / World Bank Photo Collection CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED

In the wake of Daniel Craig’s last appearance as James Bond, competition to fill the role has been on the rise, and former Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan, has endorsed one of the rumored contenders, Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

The Bond franchise is in need of a new leading man, and this gap in casting has sent British tabloid papers into a frenzy speculating about which lucky actor might become the new spy—with a lot of contradictory reports being written.

One of those supposedly in the running for the role is Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who has acted in Bullet Train, Kraven the Hunter, and Kick-Ass. Asked about the potential casting, former Bond actor Pierce Brosnan gave his views on seeing Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the next 007, essentially endorsing the 33-year old actor.

Pierce Brosnan on Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Bond

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Aaron Taylor Johnson. Credit: wikimedia commons / John Bauld CC BY 2.0

“I think the man has the chops, and the talent and the charisma to play Bond, very much so,” Brosnan said in an interview on The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ Radio 1. While Brosnan’s approval doesn’t mean much in the end, it is perhaps something notable, and the veteran actor also offered some advice. “I would definitely tip my hat to the fellow. Be bold. Go out there and have a great time. Just love it. Just go for it,” he said.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson is touted as a strong contender for the Bond role, with previous franchise experience and of a suitable age, as the studio wants an actor in his thirties. However, the BBC dismissed rumors reported by The Sun when a source told it there was “no truth in the rumors.”

In the last three years since Craig announced his retirement from the role, there have been several names put forward for the next Bond film. Mark O’Connell, author of Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan, told the BBC after Craig’s departure: “A new Bond is not just a red-carpet suit and a timepiece endorsement arm. He must be a movie star, an ambassador for the series and cinema, a media diplomat, an anointed son of British culture and the face of a billion-dollar ecosystem of products and endorsements.”

O’Connell added, “He must be instantly recognizable across all corners of the globe as James Bond. He must be good looking, able to hold the camera and dominate cinema screens the size of football pitches.”

One of the better-known, more high-profile actors who has been touted to be the new Bond is Superman and Mission: Impossible actor Henry Cavill, who was believed to be in the running to play the spy before Craig got the job.

He told GQ in 2020 that he “would love to play Bond, [and] it would be very, very exciting.”
One of the youngest actors believed to be in with a shot is 32-year-old Damson Idris, best-known for his role in US TV crime drama Snowfall, which ran for six seasons between 2017 and 2023. He also took on the lead role in Netflix’s sci-fi action film Outside the Wire.

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