Irish actor Pierce Brosnan as 007, driving a BMW Z3 for a scene in the James Bond film ‘GoldenEye’, 2nd February 1995. Polish actress Izabella Scorupco is in the seat behind him. Here Brosnan operates the clapperboard for the camera. (Photo by Keith Hamshere/Getty Images)

Pierce Brosnan is one of the most recognisable James Bond actors of recent times. Nailing the one liner, “Shaken, not stirred”, his portrayal of the iconic film persona was one of the most successful but all good things must come to an end and after starring in four films, he hung up the suit jacket following Die Another Day (2002). But according to a new interview, he has admitted he would like to return to the franchise.

Speaking with Esquire for its Golden Eye watch-party, the 66-year-old said he’d like to feature in a new 007 film, but this time as a villain. “Would [I] return as a villain? If asked, yes! I believe so.” In our opinion, it could be a cool retrospective or inception on the past ’90s films he first starred in. Though we can’t expect it to be likely – particularly when the competition pool includes Rami Malek in the No Time To Die instalment.

Brosnan is in self-isolation in Hawaii.

In early March, the impending release of No Time To Die featuring Daniel Craig was delayed due to the current pandemic. Instead, it is slated to release in the UK on November 12, and in the US on November 25.

Stay tuned.