Michael Pena should be the next James Bond, according to Chiwetel Ejiofor

The '12 Years a Slave' actor widened the possible of list of contenders by throwing 'The Martian' co-star name into the hat to succeed Daniel Craig as 007.

Chiwetel said: "I want Michael Pena to be James Bond. That's what I want."

Michael - whose parents hail from Mexico - has starred in 'American Hustle', 'Fury', 'Ant Man' and 'Crash'. And the British actor said he's glad the debate puts the spotlight on

diversity in film.

Michael Pena should be the next James Bond, according to Chiwetel Ejiofor

Speaking in an interview with Variety, he explained: "I think that there are the same challenges for diversity existing everywhere. And it's something that we're going to struggle with until we figure it out, we haven't yet, but we're getting there."

Meanwhile Pierce Brosnan, who starred in four 007 films between 1995 and 2002, sparked controversy when he predicted the iconic British spy will be white.

He said: "Anything is possible for sure, but I think he'll be male and

he'll be white. Though 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."

Whilst 007 author Anthony Horowitz caused a public outcry and was forced to apologise when he sugested Idris Alba was "too street" to play Bond.

Daniel Craig reprises his role as Bond for the fourth time in upcoming movie 'Spectre' to be released in November.

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