Piers Morgan Blasts Pierce Brosnan's Support of Female James Bond as 'Virtue-Signalling Nonsense'

Outspoken British television host and columnist Piers Morgan ranted Monday about the prospect of a female James Bond after the gender-switched casting idea won support from former Bond Pierce Brosnan.

On Monday's Good Morning Britain on ITV, Morgan raged that the prospect of a female Bond was "pathetic" and "virtue-signalling nonsense."

Morgan added: "The campaign to save James Bond starts right here, because they are not changing James Bond to a damn woman on my watch."

Morgan went on to accuse Brosnan of being "woked ... Hollywood's gone all woke, they're not allowed to say anything [controversial]."

The daytime TV host's indignation comes after Brosnan said he'd back a woman taking over the 007 role from Daniel Craig, who will appear in his fifth and final Bond film next year.

"I think we've watched the guys do it for the last 40 years, get out of the way, guys, and put a woman up there. I think it would be exhilarating, it would be exciting," Brosnan told The Hollywood Reporter.

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Daniel Craig as James Bond in 'Casino Royale.' Columbia Pictures

Brosnan, who appeared in four Bond films between 1995 and 2002, said, however, that he doesn't see the radical casting change happening under the franchise's long-time producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.

"I don't think that's going to happen with the Broccolis. I don't think that is going to happen under their watch," he said.

Daniel Craig will reprise his role as James Bond for a final time in No Time to Die, released in April 2020.

Earlier this year, the film made news when it was revealed that Fleabag and Killing Eve creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge had been hired to polish the script to make it more respectful of women in light of the #MeToo movement.

The franchise has previously been accused of ill treatment of its female characters.

"There's been a lot of talk about whether or not [the Bond franchise] is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women. I think that's bollocks. I think he's absolutely relevant now," Waller-Bridge told Deadline in May.

"It has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."

The acclaimed British screenwriter said she reworked bits of the script to make sure the film's female characters "felt like real people."

Naomie Harris and Léa Seydoux will both return to the franchise in No Time to Die, while Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch are joining the new movie alongside Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek.

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