He has still yet to be named as the official next 007, but two former Bond actors have already given their blessing to Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the role.

Taylor-Johnson was reportedly offered the role of the most famous spy in film last week, but the news has yet to be confirmed by Bond producers. However, Pierce Brosnan told Ray D'Arcy a few days ago: "I think the man has the chops and the talent and the charisma to play Bond, very much so."

He added: "I read the news about his possibilities of being a Bond so I would definitely tip my hat to the fellow. Be bold, go out there and have a great time. Just love it, just go for it. He can do it."

Meanwhile, George Lazenby - who played Bond in 1969's 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' - has also joined the approving chorus.

He told TMZ that he reckons 'Kick-Ass' star Taylor-Johnson could "handle the stunts and all the ladies who love a man in a tux."

Lazenby also recalled the lengthy process involved “when he auditioned for the part back in the 1960s, he went through a bunch of different tests and auditions before he won the role", suggesting that this was the reason why Taylor-Johnson has not yet been officially announced, but advised him to "be true to himself and reinvent the role to fit him."