'The Little Drummer Girl' stars Florence Pugh and Max Irons have their own unique take on James Bond

While Max said the standard for James Bond need to be raised, Florence said there's no need for a female Bond, and wants an entirely different female spy with the same attributes


                            'The Little Drummer Girl' stars Florence Pugh and Max Irons have their own unique take on James Bond

After announcement that Daniel Craig wouldn't be returning as James Bond after the next iteration of the spy movie franchise, there have been speculations about who the next James Bond could be.

While the names of several actors including Richard Madden ('Bodyguard'), Tom Hiddleston ('The Night Manager'), Tom Hardy ('Peaky Blinders') and Idris Elba ('Luther') have been circulating among fans and followers of the suave spy series, there are also rumors that the upcoming Bond might be female, following in the footsteps of BBC's 'Doctor Who,' which cast Jodie Whittaker as the Time Lord's most recent reincarnation. 

However, the stars of BBC/AMC series 'The Little Drummer Girl', Max Irons and Florence Pugh, have their own individual takes on the ongoing speculations.

While Max said the standard for James Bond need to be raised, Florence said there is no need for a female James Bond, and wants an entirely different female spy with the attributes of a Bond.

Irons, who appears as Al in two episodes of the first season of 'The Little Drummer Girl', appeared a little uncomfortable about being asked whether he would like playing Bond, given that he has a similar arc in the show.

The actor during his appearance on ITV’s 'Lorraine' explained that maybe the standards for Bond has been set too low. He said, "I think as a nation our requirements for James Bond are a little too low. I think we need to raise them. I’m not pointing at anyone in particular but Bond is an assassin, we need to go for someone who looks capable of that. Maybe not me!”



 

Irons also confessed that he is not very good at handling guns which makes him all the more unsuitable for the role.

While the scope of a new Bond has opened up room for several prospects, there have been speculations about a female Bond gracing the screen.

However, according to Pugh, who stars in the recent BBC spy-drama as the young, aspiring actress Charlie Ross, there may not be any need at all for a female Bond as she believes that another female character can be created who has all the traits of Bond.

Pugh believes there is no need for a female James Bond. (IMDb)
Pugh believes there is no need for a female James Bond. (IMDb)

Speaking with MetroUK, she explained, "There’s a part of me that understands that – why don’t we have our own franchise with an amazing woman who’s fantastic at these things?" While her character, Charlie, has been a tribute to the classic spy characters, such as Sydney Bristow, Emma Peel, and James Bond,  Pugh feels she can stand on her own without being compared to them.

"Something like this, it’s not as swish as James Bond, as in she isn’t, but that’s sort of the beauty with it is we tick off a lot of those boxes." However, she wouldn't mind if her character can be termed as Bond's daughter, "So I don’t know. Maybe if James Bond has a daughter, I’ve always said that I’ll be the daughter."

The show is a tribute to every spy story. (IMDb)
The show is a tribute to every spy story. (IMDb)

Pugh stars as a leftist-liberal actress, Charlie Ross, who is allured by the stranger Becker (played by Alexander Skarsgard) when she pays a visit to Greece to participate in an impromptu show. What initially appears to be an emerging love story turns out to be a conspiracy by Mossad agent Marty Kurtz (played by Michael Shannon) who hires Charlie to work under him as a spy. This gripping tribute to the classic spy stories and spy characters premiered on BBC1 on October 28 and will return on November 4.