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It’s a foregone conclusion that James Bond will return after his adventures in Spectre, the 24th installment of the long-running spy franchise. What’s still top secret, or perhaps just undecided, is whether current 007 actor Daniel Craig will hang up his trusty Walther PPK after four films, and who would succeed him.

Now a fellow Bond has weighed in with his prediction. In a recent interview with the U.K.-based Press Association, Pierce Brosnan stopped short of naming names but did say he thinks the next Bond won’t veer too far from tradition.

“Anything is possible for sure, but I think he’ll be male and he’ll be white,” Brosnan said. He added, “There’s wonderful black actors out there who could be James Bond, and there’s no reason why you cannot have a black James Bond.”

The prospect of a black actor playing Bond has been a hot-button issue lately. Earlier this month, Anthony Horowitz, the author of a new James Bond novel, caught heat for telling the Daily Mail he thought Idris Elba — a fantasty-casting favorite — was “too street” to play Bond. Horowitz later apologized.

Elba aside, most of the actors whose names pop up as Bond candidates are white, such as Tom Hardy, Damian Lewis, and David Beckham.

While Brosnan can envision a black Bond, he’s not as open-minded about swapping the super-spy’s gender. He told the Press Association, “A female James Bond, no, I think it has to be male. James Bond is a guy, he’s all male. His name is James, his name is James Bond.”

Spectre opens Nov. 6.

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