"I was offered GOLDENEYE and I was like, 'somebody wants to see another James Bond movie?' I had done enough sequels, " said the Finnish director on an interview during the Brussels Film Festival in June 2011.
Harlin also complained to the producers, saying that timothy Dalton wasn't a good Bond.Remember that Pierce Brosnan was cast as James Bond in June 1994, months after Timothy Dalton resigned to the role during the legal battle which froze the film series for six years.
Still, no matter about the missing opportunity. We Bond fans know how great Martin Campbell did it!