See: George Lazenby thinks Liam Hemsworth could be the new James Bond
James Bond star George Lazenby tipped Liam Hemsworth to be the next 007 agent.
The 83-year-old actor who played a secret agent in the 1969s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service – I would like another Australian to replace Daniel Craig.
Lazenby told TMZ that a “handsome Aussie” like Liam would be the best person to step into Bond’s shoes, after Craig has played the role in five films since 2006.
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He added that the next actor to play Bond must be “crazy enough, arrogant enough, confident enough, ambitious enough to take the role.”
Lazenby had previously named Australian Margot Robbie as the first Bond woman.
He said: “I’d rather see a woman on screen than a man, so it would be a good idea for a woman to play James Bond … Jane Bond. I think it’s a good idea.
“I mean, why not? There’s this Australian actress I just listened to on TV today, Margot Robbie. She would be nice.
“She seems very confident… if you can pull it off, people will believe you.”
But Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has said the new 007 agent will not be a woman.
She told Variety: “[James Bond] he can be any color, but he is a man. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a female play it.”
The actors currently tipped as favorites to play Bond are Bullet Train star Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Emily In Paris star Lucien Laviscount.
Lazenby only played James Bond once, in the 1969 film On Her Majesty’s Secret Service opposite Dame Diana Rigg.
He was cast in the role after the late Sir Sean Connery stepped down after You Only Live Twice, but was replaced by the returning Connery in Diamonds Are Forever, before Sir Roger Moore took over the role from 1973’s Live and Let Die .
Lazenby last year had to apologize for “painful” and “homophobic comments” during a live concert featuring music from the 007 series.
The Australian actor has been accused of homophobia, disrespect for women, derogatory stories about his sexual conquests, using vulgar language and disrespecting Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
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He said in a statement: “I am sorry and saddened to hear that my stories in Perth on Saturday may have offended some people. It was never my intention to make hurtful or homophobic comments and I am truly sorry if my stories that I have shared have been treated this way many times. I always just want to share.