Pierce Brosnan Faces Backlash for Suggesting the Next James Bond Should Be a Woman

It's 2019. How is this still a thing?

Pierce Brosnan poses in a publicity still for the James Bond film 'GoldenEye', 1995. (Photo by Keith Hamshere/Getty Images)
Pierce Brosnan poses in a publicity still for the James Bond film 'GoldenEye', 1995. (Photo by Keith Hamshere/Getty Images)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / September 10, 2019 11:07 am

Pierce Brosnan made headlines recently when he told The Hollywood Reporter he believes the next James Bond should be a woman, saying, “I 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.” Naturally, everyone agreed with him and added that the female 007 should make just as much money as her male predecessors.

Just kidding! As you might expect, because of the world we live in, his comments riled up some fans who have failed to evolve in the 57 years since Dr. No. As Forbes points out, they flooded Twitter, brains melted by the prospect of a lady spy, to voice their opinions. “That is the politically correct answer,” one wrote. “The truth is that times change. The character of James Bond does not change. That’s the whole point of the character.”

“The next Wonder Woman should be a man,” tweeted another.

To his credit, Brosnan — who starred in four Bond films between 1995 and 2002 — thinks it’s time for the character to change with the times. “The #MeToo movement has been relevant and significant and well needed in our society, so they’ll have to address that,” he said.

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