In a recent interview with ABC News Now’s “Popcorn With
Peter Travers,” the star of Roman Polanski’s new movie, “The Ghost Writer,”
revealed that he’s still wondering why he got booted from the Bond franchise in
2004. Brosnan played the international man of mystery in “GoldenEye,” “Tomorrow
Never Dies,” “The World Is Not Enough” and “Die Another Day.”
“I was wondering why the door closed on me!,” he said of
being dropped from the role. “I thought everything was going so well! You
know ‘Come back,’ they say, ‘Come back’ and there you go! We won’t talk about
It’s the first time Brosnan has revealed his true feelings
about no longer being Bond. Back in ‘04, he told Entertainment Weekly, “Bond is
another lifetime … behind me.” He even endorsed his successor, Daniel Craig,
telling The International Herald Tribune in 2007 that Craig’s “On his way to
becoming a memorable Bond."
But Brosnan actually hasn’t seen Craig play Bond – at
least, not fully.
“I tried to watch it on a plane once,” Brosnan said about
his attempt to see one of Craig’s Bond films, “Casino Royale” and “Quantum of
Solace.” “I thought, OK 37,000 feet, this is a good distance to watch it from.
And I watched it and it broke down, and then they fixed it and it broke down
Though he may bemoan how his stint as Bond ended, Brosnan
feels blessed to have played the iconic character. So if you see him, go ahead
and call him 007.
“They call me out, ‘Hey James, hey Bond,’ and I wear it with
pride,” Brosnan said of his fans. “I had the greatest time in my life, making
that character, being part of that franchise.”
– Sheila Marikar