Liam Hemsworth should be new James Bond says former 007 George Lazenby

The James Bond veteran would like to see a fellow Australian take on the spy role.

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James Bond star George Lazenby has tipped Liam Hemsworth to be the next 007.

The 83-year-old actor - who played the secret agent in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service - would like to see a fellow Australian replace Daniel Craig.

Lazenby told TMZ a "good-looking Aussie dude" such as Liam would be the best person to step into Bond's shoes, after Craig has played the role for five films since 2006.

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He added that the next actor to play Bond need to be "crazy enough, arrogant enough, confident enough, ambitious enough to take on the role."

Liam Hemsworth attends the Australian Premiere of Poker Face at Hoyts Entertainment Quarter on November 15, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
Could Liam Hemsworth be the new James Bond? (Getty Images)

Lazenby previously tipped Australian Margot Robbie to be the first female Bond.

He said: : "I would rather see a woman on screen than a man, so it might be a good idea having a woman play James Bond... Jane Bond. I think it's a good idea.

"I mean, why not? There's an Australian actress that I was just listening to on the television today, Margot Robbie. She would be good. She's ballsy.

 George Lazenby now and in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
On Her Majesty's Secret Service star George Lazenby wants another Australian actor to play 007. (Getty Images)

"She comes across like she's very confident... if you can pull that off, people will believe you."

But Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has said the new 007 will not be a woman.

She told Variety: "[James Bond] can be of any color, but he is male. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it."

The actors currently tipped to be the favourites to play Bond are Bullet Train star Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Emily In Paris star Lucien Laviscount.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson attends the 'Bullet Train' stage greeting at Toho Cinemas Kyoto on August 23, 2022 in Kyoto, Japan.  (Photo by Jun Sato/WireImage)
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is hotly rumoured to be the next 007. (Getty Images)

Lazenby played James Bond only once, in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service, co-starring Dame Diana Rigg.

He was cast in the role after the late Sir Sean Connery stepped down following You Only Live Twice, but was replaced by a returning Connery in Diamonds Are Forever, before Sir Roger Moore took over the role from 1973's Live and Let Die.

Lazenby last year had to apologise for making "hurtful" and "homophobic comments" during a live show of music from the 007 franchise.

British actress Diana Rigg and Australian actor George Lazenby on the set of On Her Majesty's Secret Service, directed by British Peter R. Hunt. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
George Lazenby with Dame Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty's Secret Service. (Corbis via Getty Images)

The Australian actor was accused of being homophobic, disrespectful to women with offensive tales of his sexual conquests, using bad language and not showing adequate respect regarding the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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He said in a statement: "I am sorry and saddened to hear that my stories in Perth on Saturday might have offended some people. It was never my intention to make hurtful or homophobic comments and I am truly sorry if my stories that I have shared many times were taken that way. I only ever wish to share."