^ Indeed, why not?
I remember being pleasantly surprised when the cast for Goldeneye was announced. People like Judi Dench, Robbie Coltrane and Sean Bean were much better known than the (often) little-known actors who populated the Connery, Moore and Dalton movies. Sure, there were exceptions (Chrisses Walken or Lee, Anthony Zerbe, Louis Jourdan etc) but by and large, the actor playing Bond was the best known actor, indeed the only well-known actor, in the movie.
Since then, the casts have continued to be prestigious, though the casts for CR and QoS were arguably less starry than the Brosnan era, but this has to be the best one yet.