James Bond: A shock to the system

174451__bond_lTalking to EW’s Joshua Rich in this week’s issue, Pierce Brosnan (left) is still expressing surprise, a year after the fact, that the James Bond producers fired him from the franchise over the phone. ”After that kind of titanic jolt to the system, there was a great sense of calm,” says Brosnan, whose thriller Matador is due in November. ”I thought, F— it! I can do anything I want to do now. I’m not beholden to them or anyone. I’m not shackled by some contracted image. So there was a sense of liberation.”

Yeah, okay, we get it, Pierce, you’re never going to say ”Bond, James Bond” anymore. But I suppose he has to keep issuing these denials that he’ll return to star in Casino Royale, at least until the Bond producers actually hire a replacement. We keep hearing the same names as potential replacements (Clive Owen, Jude Law, Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig), but as long as they’re making a change, maybe the Bond filmmakers should really shake up the franchise with someone completely unlike Brosnan or his predecessors. The Goran Visnjic rumor is intriguing, but why not go further afield and give Samuel L. Jackson the license to kill? Or Rupert Everett (but only if he gets to play 007 as gay)? Or Keira Knightley? Post your suggestions for the performer most likely to zap new life into the franchise; the more offbeat, the better.


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  • Rob

    So, Rupert can only play it if he plays it gay? Sad man, very sad. I expect better from EW.

  • Rick

    Give it up EW I’m tired of hearing your poor suggestions for the next Bond. Seriously it looks like you took the article “Kill Bond Now!” (Issue #516) from back in 1999 and just dusted it off a little. The Bond rumor merry-go-round has been spinning for several years now and this article adds absolutely nothing to it.

  • Brandon

    I like the idea of twisting 007 a little. The producers are too hide-bound to do anything outrageous, but it would be fun to have a gay 007 or a female 007. After having Pierce Brosnan, who I consider to be the best 007 so far, any other middle-aged British womanizer is going to seem like a retread. Hopefully, the producers will do something interesting to set the next 007 apart from what is rapidly becoming a crowd of predecessors.
    PS: I’m gay, and although I don’t necessarily think Rupert could ONLY play 007 as gay, not going that route would be a missed opportunity.

  • Mozz

    here’s my top 5 list for guys and gals, I think should appear in the next 007.
    1. The cast of Harry Potter, with Radcliffe in the lead role.
    2. Mathew McFayden – you will see him this year in Pride and Prejudice, you will love. Race over.
    3. Cate Blanchett
    4. James Marsters – aka – Spike of Buffy/Angel… however, he must play him as an undead james bond.
    5. Queen Latifah! Seriously, why not… okay… okay… this is not the best idea, but still.

  • Jonny

    MATTHEW MACFADYEN:
    I’ve said for a long time now that Matt MacFadyen, best known as MI-5 agent Tom Quinn on the BBC series Spooks (called MI-5 in the USA) would be a great choice for a new James Bond. He’s proven he can play a spy, plus he was born in ’74, so he’s young enough to do quite a few movies. I think his next major acting is as Mr. Darcy in the film version of Pride and Prejudice. Plus why don’t they let Quentin Terrantino direct? Matt with Quentin directing would be cool!

  • David

    Will Smith would bring a younger crowd back to 007 – he plays most his roles very well, and can pull of the wit necessary to play the suave James Bond.

  • Kent in Kentucky

    CLIVE OWEN…..that smoldering sexiness of his would be PERFECT for bond. I never was crazy about the franchise, but if he is the next Bond…I AM THERE!

  • Richie

    I’d love to see Ewan McGreggor in the role. I think he has shown an ability to play just about anything, whether it be action, comedy, or drama. My other suggestion would be that they should no longer try to find a franchise Bond player. Just change the casting every movie and let someone new give their take on the role. Would be way better.

  • Ken D

    Gilbert Gottfried.

  • Kristina

    Some choices from a very loyal fan:
    Australian Eric Bana
    Welshman Ioan Gruffudd
    Kiwi Karl Urban
    Australian David Wenham
    Scotsman Ewan McGregor (but he’s kind of already too big of a name)

  • Mike

    I’ve been watching James Bond since I was a teenager…lusting after the hot women. After several awful versions featuring Roger Moore and the other guy? Pierce Brosnan brought some class to it…I think a good new James Bond would be Jason Statham of Transporter, Italian Job..darken his hair a little…he’d be a killer. Clive Owen would be OK, but he’s a little too well known

  • George

    The next James Bond has already arrived and his name is Austin Powers, gentlemen.

  • ben

    two words… Carol Channing.

  • inmate73652

    Clive Owen is way too popular now! Let it go.. Although Gilbert Godfried is intriguing…
    5) goran visnjic (is that a real rumour?? I’m so in!)
    4) jeremy northam
    3) gerard butler (not for me, but definitely for some of the ladies)
    2) jason bateman (ok, not a real suggestion, I just think he’s hot!!!!)
    1) dougray scott — purrrrrrfect

  • Lord Vos

    Jet Li.

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