In the middle of a wide-ranging interview with the Telegraph, Pierce Brosnan offers up this interesting tidbit: "I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. ‘Cause it’s just never good enough. It’s a horrible feeling." Brosnan, who really does refuse to watch the 007 films with his three sons, explains his struggle with the role: "I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery]. It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterization didn’t have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well."
Brosnan doesn't, however, seem to regret the job: Playing Bond was like being "an ambassador to a small nation," he says. "It’s the gift that keeps on giving, that allowed me to create my own production company and make my own movies." In a separate interview with Cigar Aficionado cited by Page Six, Brosnan notes, "I was lucky enough to make four Bond films. It finished [with 2002's Die Another Day] in rather shambolic fashion, but I have no bitterness, no resentment. I hold Bond dear to my heart."