Pierce Brosnan has said he is ready for a woman to wear 007’s tuxedo once Daniel Craig departs the long-running franchise.
Craig is expected to end his 14-year run as the martini-sipping spy next year with No Time To Die and Brosnan said it would be “exhilarating” to see a female replacement.
“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,” he said.
However he suggested any radical departure to the character is unlikely under producer Barbara Broccoli.
He added: “I don't think that's going to happen with the Broccolis. I don't think that is going to happen under their watch.”
Broccoli has worked on the Bond franchise since she was 17-years-old and produced all of Brosnan and Craig’s appearances as 007.
Last year she said: “He’s a male character. He was written as a male and I think he’ll probably stay as a male.”
Craig has joined Brosnan and backed a female Bond, responding “yes, of course” to a reporter’s recent question on the subject.
“I think that everybody should be considered. Also for women and for African-Americans, there should be great parts anyway, across the board,” he said.
Filming for the next Bond film has begun in Jamaica, as well as in London and at Pinewood Studios.
Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge is working on the film, No Time To Die, reportedly making its female characters "feel like real people".