Pierce Brosnan has said his time as James Bond 007
is over for good...
Pierce Brosnan - "It's All Over"
14th October 2004
Pierce Brosnan says he has come to the end of his career as the
world's most famous secret agent James Bond 007. Speaking to the
press in Nassau, Bahamas, Brosnan said his time was up, "It's
over, it's over, it's absolutely over".
Although Brosnan was willing an enthusiastic about a fifth adventure
as 007 in Bond 21, and having been asked by producers Barbara
Broccoli and Michael Wilson to reprise his role after "Die
Another Day" filming completed, no contracts were signed
- and there began the saga that saw press rumours fly out of control
this year. Brosnan described his version of events in a Sun
Media interview this week.
Come In 007, Your Time Is Up
"They invited me back right before I went to present that
film. They said: 'We're so happy with the success, we want you
to come back!' I went on the road a happy man, you know. I thought
we'd get a fifth and no more. That would be it, really. And then
one day the phone rang - I was here (in Nassau shooting "After
the Sunset") - and my agents told me that the goal posts
had moved and that they had changed their minds. It's very hard
to find the truth in that town (Hollywood) or in this business
at times, but it was their prerogative to change their minds.
They can do it! It was disappointing. It was surprising. And I
accepted the knowledge after 24 hours of being in shock."
||"If you have that thought ruminating
in your head - knowing that things are going to change, knowing
that you're going to get older, knowing it only lasts a certain
amount of time playing a certain role - then you clearly prepare
yourself for what's down the road, even though you don't know
what's down the road. But you prepare yourself emotionally.
"So you know
something's going to be finished, it's going to be over.
And it comes with a great disappointment, but it also comes
with a great satisfaction of having achieved the success
with it that I had achieved."
The original 007, Sir Sean Connery, still harbours bitterness
towards the franchise that made him an international star after
his departure from the series was far from congenial. So does
Brosnan feel the same bitterness? "None, none, none! It's
not worth having. If I did, it would make all the great decade,
the four films, the lovely success, meaningless. Bitterness against
whom, and for what reason?" The news of Bond 21's delay
from the original release date of November 18th 2005 to 2006
doesn't bother him either. "Go figure!" Brosnan said.
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