Judi Dench compares Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig as Bond: 'I miss Pierce'
Judi Dench says she has nothing but respect for Daniel Craig's work as James Bond, but misses working with Pierce Brosnan.
In 1995's Goldeneye, Dench made her debut as M and would go on to appear in Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is not Enough and Die Another Day alongside Brosnan.
She would reprise the role in the Casino Royale reboot, as well as Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, with Craig now in the role as 007.
Dench undoubtedly received a bigger role in Craig's movies and ultimately met her death at the hands of Silva in Skyfall. But, it seems she had a better time during Brosnan's tenure.
"Daniel's an incredible talent and I love working with him but I still miss Pierce," she told The People.
"He was a very warm man and always a lot of fun, always laughing and joking. Pierce was great to have around the set. We became close friends. I did four Bonds with him so I missed him after he finished with the role.
"There's no comparison between him and Daniel. They're completely different actors but both are brilliant men with a fantastic sense of humour, very self-mocking, which you need to play Bond. But you miss anyone you make a relationship with and you think at some point you'll maybe cross paths again. And I did, with Pierce, in a play. If you get on with somebody well, you never really break that."
Brosnan: I don't care who plays Bond
Craig finished his time as Bond in No Time to Die, which has naturally catalysed speculation about who will replace him.
Names like Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Tom Hiddleston, Kit Harrington, Henry Cavill and Regé-Jean Page have been mentioned.
Brosnan admits he doesn't care who gets the role.
“Who should do it?” Brosnan said in a conversation with GQ.
“I don’t care.
“It’ll be interesting to see who they get, who the man shall be. Whoever he be, I wish him well.”
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