For good measure, he also mentioned Tom Hiddleston, but he may have been biased with this, because he mentioned the ‘Night Manager’ star’s good work with UNICEF, of which Sir Roger has been a longtime, devoted champion himself.
However, there are a few people he refuses to consider for the role… namely, all women.
He said: “You could have a female, a Jane Bond, but it would have nothing to do with James Bond. No, Bond is Bond.”
This will come as a disappointment to many, not least Gillian Anderson who put herself in the running with a sneaky re-tweet, captioned ‘Bond, Jane Bond.’
However, to borrow from another 007 maxim, ‘Never say never…’
The debate may, of course, be academic, with Daniel Craig hinting that he may have made a U-turn on his previous insistence he wouldn’t be picking up his licence to kill again after four outings as the screen superspy.
For the producer of the films, Barbara Broccoli, it’s an out-of-bounds topic, “I refuse to think about Bond without Daniel in the role,” she told HuffPostUK on the release of his fourth film in the franchise, ‘Spectre’.