Pierce Brosnan has backed Colin Salmon to play the first black James Bond, saying it is “absoutely essential” he take on the role of 007.
Brosnan, who played the secret agent in four films, said there was no rush to replace Daniel Craig, who he said was “doing superbly well”.
But Brosnan said Salmon, who starred with him in three of the films, would be the ideal replacement when Craig leaves. He said: “I’ve always thrown Colin Salmon’s name in the mix. He’s somebody I have worked with closely over the years.
“He would be outstanding and I think it would be absolutely essential.”
Salmon has starred as Charles Robinson in Bond films Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002).
The British actor is also known for his work in Resident Evil series and more recently the TV show Arrow. Speaking about his time as Bond, Brosnan said: “That was without a question one of the most rewarding roles. That character, and the opportunities it gave one. That job is the gift that keeps giving because once you’re a Bond, you’re a Bond for life. “It’s a small company of men now who have played the role and for me, it’s allowed me to create my own company to produce, and to step forth into the international market and have a profile. “That’s a healthy thing for any actor – the more choices you have. “Without a question, it was a significant part of my life and career, and is ongoing in many respects.”