Brosnan Admits His Bond Wasn't 'Good Enough'
He explains why he struggled with iconic role
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 14, 2014 8:59 AM CDT
This undated publicity photo provided by United Artists and Danjaq, LLC shows Sophie Marceau, left, and Pierce Brosnan in a scene from the James Bond film, "The World Is Not Enough."   (AP Photo/United Artists and Danjaq, LLC)

(Newser) – 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."

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Parker Gabriel
Apr 20, 2014 3:10 AM CDT
None of the actors who have acted out Bond have been right for the role. Brosnan is far from alone in his conviction that his approach was "just never good enough." When John Gardner wrote such of his novels as "Licence Renewed," "For Special Services," "Icebreaker," "Role Of Honour," "Nobody Lives Forever," and "No Deals, Mr. Bond," he refused to allow the images of the actors to throw his descriptions off, remembering how Bond had been described in IAN L. FLEMING'S Bond NOVELS instead. Brosnan should be devoting his efforts to helping to update "Remington Steele" to more modern times.
Jane Harris Bennett
Apr 16, 2014 3:54 PM CDT
I thought he would make the perfect Bond as soon as I saw him the first time on Remington Steele. It was my favoreit show at that time, couldn't wait to watch it... He's swauve, handsome, debonaire, smart and has the most beautiful smile, hair and physique...I thought he was an excellent Bond in all his movies. Still love him. I wish the best for him, but hope he sees just what a great job he did playing that role.
UsafLt
Apr 15, 2014 10:01 AM CDT
I thought Pierce was great. Style, class, brutal energy, looks. He should be proud. I can easily see why they considered him for the role of Bond based on "Remington Steele". But like someone said, scripts mean a lot and make the difference between a classic and a clunker.