Pierce Brosnan Endorses Aaron Taylor-Johnson As Next James Bond

It takes certain aptitude and characteristics to portray a suave, cool, and ass-kicking intelligence agent — much less one as iconic as 007. As it turns out, former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan finds Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Bullet Train) to be a good match for the role, citing his “chops”, “talent”, and “charisma”.

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Aaron Taylor-Johnson (left) in The Greatest.

“He was the greatest in [The Greatest],” said the actor on RTÉ Radio’s The Ray D’Arcy Show. “So, yes, I read the news about his possibilities of being a Bond, so I would definitely tip my hat to the fellow.”

“I think the man has the chops and the talent and the charisma to play Bond, very much so,” he added.

In the 2009 movie, Brosnan — who played 007 in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day — starred as the father of Taylor-Johnson’s character. Daniel Craig stepped in as his successor from 2006’s Casino Royale to 2021’s No Time To Die, scoring the longest Bond tenure to date. Since then, producers have been looking to “reinvent” the series, with Taylor-Johnson reportedly in talks to take over the lead role.

This isn’t the first time that he has received a stamp of approval. Previously, another former Bond actor, George Lazenby, also lent Taylor-Johnson his support, stating that he would be able to “handle the stunts and all the ladies who love a man in a tux.”

While there are other 007 contenders, including Oppenheimer star Cillian Murphy and Henry Cavill, it seems Taylor-Johnson is the current forerunner. The latter will next appear in The Fall Guy, opposite Ryan Gosling, and in Kraven the Hunter as the titular Spider-Man villain.