Pierce Brosnan Picks 'Magnificent' Actor for James Bond Role

Hollywood Buzz: Brosnan and Murphy Spark Bond Speculation.

by Nouman Rasool
Pierce Brosnan Picks 'Magnificent' Actor for James Bond Role
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In an intriguing turn of events, Pierce Brosnan, a distinguished alum of the James Bond franchise, has cast his vote for who he believes would shine as the next 007, the iconic role he once masterfully portrayed. Brosnan, whose tenure as the suave spy included memorable performances in blockbusters like "GoldenEye" (1995) and "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), shared his thoughts in a recent interaction with the BBC during an event in Los Angeles.

His choice? The critically acclaimed, Oscar-nominated actor Cillian Murphy. "Cillian would do a magnificent job as James Bond on His Majesty’s Secret Service," Brosnan remarked, praising the fellow Irish actor's potential to bring a fresh dynamism to the legendary character.

This endorsement comes at a time when speculation is rife about who will don the spy's tuxedo next, following Daniel Craig's departure from the role with the 2021 film "No Time To Die."

Bond Fan-Favorite: Murphy's Rise

Murphy, known for his versatile performances and particularly for his role in the hit series "Peaky Blinders," has been a fan-favorite suggestion for the next Bond for years.

Even Naomie Harris, who played Moneypenny alongside Craig in "Skyfall" (2012), "Spectre" (2015), and "No Time To Die" (2021), voiced her support back in 2018, saying she could "totally see" Murphy filling the role. Despite the enthusiasm surrounding his potential candidacy, Murphy himself has expressed reservations.

At the same event, when asked about the possibility of taking on the mantle of Bond, Murphy humbly suggested that his opportunity to play the part might have passed. "I think I’m a bit old for that," he told Variety, adding, "I will say I think that ship has sailed." His comment also nods to previous statements where he advocated for a woman to take over the iconic role, highlighting the ongoing discussions about the future direction of the franchise.

As the search for the next James Bond continues, Brosnan's endorsement of Murphy adds an intriguing layer to the conversation, reflecting the deep respect and camaraderie among actors who have been part of or are considered for this cinematic legacy.