Pierce Brosnan riles up James Bond fans by saying it's time for a female 007: 'Get out of the way, guys'

While rumors that Idris Elba could be the first black man to play James Bond have yet to pan out, the iconic secret agent could be getting a different sort of update. British actress Lashana Lynch’s casting in 2020’s No Time to Die — Daniel Craig’s last stint as 007 — has set off whispers that she may become the first female Bond. Pierce Brosnan, for one, is here for it.

“Yes!” the former 007 told The Hollywood Reporter said of having a woman take on the Bond role. "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.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Keely Shaye Smith and Pierce Brosnan attend the UK Premiere of 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' at Eventim Apollo on July 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith attend the UK Premiere of 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' at the Eventim Apollo on July 16, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Dylan Brosnan, Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith attend day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 13, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage )
MALIBU, CA - JUNE 02: Keely Shaye Smith and Pierce Brosnan attend CHANEL Dinner Celebrating Our Majestic Oceans, A Benefit For NRDC on June 2, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith attend the cocktail at the amfAR Gala Cannes 2018 at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2018 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/amfAR/Getty Images)
Pierce Brosnan and Keely Brosnan arrives at the amfAR 25th Annual Cinema Against AIDS gala at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, during the 71st Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France. (Photo credit should read John Rasimus / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 22: Pierce Brosnan (R) and Keely Shaye Smith attend UCLA's 2018 Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES) Gala on March 22, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30: Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith are seen on August 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 03: Actor Pierce Brosnan (R) and journalist Keely Shaye Smith arrive at the premiere of AMC's 'The Son' at ArcLight Hollywood on April 3, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 03: Actor Pierce Brosnan (R) and journalist Keely Shaye Smith arrive at the premiere of AMC's 'The Son' at ArcLight Hollywood on April 3, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
HONOLULU, HI - MARCH 31: Honorees Keely Shaye Brosnan (L) and Pierce Brosnan arrive at the 8th Annual Hawaii European Cinema Film Festival Gala at Moana Surfrider on March 31, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
HONOLULU, HI - MARCH 30: Director/producer Keely Shaye Brosnan (L) and executive producer Pierce Brosnan arrive at the screening of 'Poisoning Paradise' at the 8th Annual Hawaii European Cinema Film Festival on March 30, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith are seen on February 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG002/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Paris Brosnan, director of HRIFF's Best Documentary Film 'Poisoning Paradise' Keely Shaye Brosnan, Executive Producer Pierce Brosnan and Dylan Brosnan attend the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on February 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for HRIFF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 17: Director of HRIFF's Best Documentary Film 'Poisoning Paradise' Keely Shaye Brosnan and Executive Producer Pierce Brosnan attend the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival Awards Ceremony at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on February 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for HRIFF)
WROCLAW, POLAND - DECEMBER 10: Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith with award during the 29th European Film Awards at National Forum of Music on December 10, 2016 in Wroclaw, Poland. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
Irish actor Pierce Brosnan (R) and his wife Keely Shaye Smith pose on the red carpet of 29th European Film Awards on December 10, 2016 in Wroclaw. / AFP / JANEK SKARZYNSKI (Photo credit should read JANEK SKARZYNSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 28: Keely Shaye Smith and Pierce Brosnan attend the Saint Laurent Menswear Spring/Summer 2016 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 28, 2015 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Keely Shaye Smith and husband Pierce Brosnan attend The Cinema Society & Disaronno screening of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Love Is All You Need' at Landmark Sunshine Cinema on April 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Keely Shaye Smith and Pierce Brosnan attend the 40th Anniversary Chaplin Award Gala at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts on April 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 25: Actor Pierce Brosnan and wife Keely Shaye Smith arrive at the premiere of The Creative Coalition's 'The Greatest' held at the Linwood Dunn Theater on March 25, 2010 in Hollywood, California (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actor Pierce Brosnan (R) and Keely Shaye Smith arrive at the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on March 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK - MARCH 01: Actor Pierce Brosnan (R) and Keely Shaye Smith attend the premiere of 'Remember Me' at the Paris Theatre on March 1, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
Pierce Brosnan, wife Keely Shaye Smith and children arrive to the opening night gala for Kooza, the new touring production by Cirque Du Soleil under the big top at the Santa Monica Pier Friday evening. (Photo by Axel Koester/Corbis via Getty Images)
Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith sighting in Malibu on August 9, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 17: Pierce Brosnan and wife, Keely Shaye Smith attend the premiere of 'The Greatest' during the 2009 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Theatre on January 17, 2009 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 18: Keely Shaye Smith and Actor Pierce Brosnan during Variety's 15 Minutes of Fame on January 18, 2009 in Park, City, Utah (Photo by Kristian Dowling/WireImage)
Actor Pierce Brosnan and wife Keely Shaye Smith arrive at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 11, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JULY 13: Keely Shaye Smith and Pierce Brosnan attend Universal Pictures MAMMA MIA Screening In Honor Of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation at UA Southampton Cinema on July 13, 2008 in Southampton, NY. (Photo by ADRIEL REBOH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 16: Actor Pierce Brosnan (L) and wife Keely Shaye-Smith attends the American premiere of 'Mamma Mia!' at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 16, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 10: Actor Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith attend the L'Oreal Legends Gala to Benefit The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at American Museum of Natural History on November 10, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
LONDON - JUNE 30: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Pierce Brosnan and wife Keely Shaye Smith arrive at the UK film premiere of 'Mamma Mia!' the Movie at the Odeon Leicester Square on June 30, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
Keely Shaye Smith and Pierce Brosnan during Elton John's 60th Birthday Party at St John the Divine Church in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Marcel Thomas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - MARCH 30: (ITALY OUT, NY DAILY NEWS OUT, NY NEWSDAY OUT) Pierce Brosnan and Keely Shaye Smith leave a midtown restaurant on March 30, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Arnaldo Magnani/Getty Images)
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Exciting, but perhaps not realistic, he added, noting that the film franchise’s current producers, Barbara Broccoli and half-brother Michael G. Wilson, may resist such change.

“I don't think that's going to happen with the Broccolis,” Brosnan added. “I don't think that is going to happen under their watch.”

Producers aren’t the only ones pushing back against a female 007. Brosnan’s support for a woman to take over the outgoing Craig’s license to kill fired up the franchise’s (mostly male) fans. To make Bond a woman, they argued, would go against writer Ian Fleming’s original vision.

Many critics echoed the outrage over the female-led cast of the 2016 Ghostbusters reboot starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. While that film’s reviews were generally positive, it underdelivered at the box office in the face of complaints about its gender-reversed leads.

Despite any push-back and potential backlash, the next James Bond film will at the very least have a more feminist influence. Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been tapped to beef up the No Time to Die script and make Bond more respectful of women in light of the #MeToo movement.

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