The actor played Bond in four films before handing over the reigns to British hunk Daniel Craig, who is set to star in the latest instalment, Spectre, when it hits cinemas later this year (15).

Asked about the future of the franchise in a recent Details interview, Brosnan mused on whether 007 could ever be gay and stated, "Sure. Why not?", before adding, "Actually, I don't know how it would work. I don’t think Barbara would allow a gay Bond to happen in her lifetime. But it would certainly make for interesting viewing."

Brosnan didn't elaborate on why he believes Broccoli, who has been involved with the franchise since the late 1980s, would be opposed to the idea, but he suggested a Bond of a different ethnicity would be interesting.

Brosnan said, "Let's start with a great black actor being James Bond. Idris Elba certainly has the physicality, the charisma, the presence. But I think Daniel Craig will be there for a while yet."

Elba and Damian Lewis have both emerged as fan favourites to take over the role of Bond when Craig steps down.