On February 2004, the famous website CommanderBond.net first revealed some sad news for those who were enthusiastic of Pierce Brosnan’s role as James Bond: his contract with EON productions wasn’t renewed, since the producers were aiming for another actor for the 21st James Bond film, then set for a November 2005 release.
Throughout this year, rumors came and went about who would be the next Bond star, some of them even leaving the door open for Pierce’s return in Bond 21, later revealed as the first official adaptation of CASINO ROYALE, with GOLDENEYE director Martin Campbell hired to helm the film.
It was in February 2, 2005, that Pierce Brosnan finally announced his retirement of the role in a letter he posted on his official web site:
“I would like to thank all of you who have supported me over the last year or so in regard to my playing Bond. It was a decade of my life that I will always hold dear to my heart and a time that will never be forgotten. And you dear friends stood by me throughout. Many, many thanks! But everything comes to an end, and one must accept this decision which cannot be dealt with in any other way but with some kind of grace and knowledge that I did the job to the best of my ability.”
As the production of CASINO ROYALE went on, Daniel Craig was finally Brosnan’s successor, picked between actors like Jason Statham and Henry Cavill. He was very generous with Daniel, but he held it against the producers for a while since at first they considered him for a fifth time in the role and changed their mind in the course: "I thought we were going to do a fifth. I thought a fifth and no more. They invited me back and I said, 'Yeah, this would be wonderful.' And then they changed their mind in the middle of negotiations”, recalled Pierce on CBS’s “Early Show”.
As the years passed on, Brosnan had a very successful vibe with multiple films in contrast to many other Bond actors and actresses, in roles ranging from Roman Polanski’s THE GHOST WRITER to the portrayal of assassin Julian Noble in THE MATADOR and the musical MAMMA MIA! His return to the action genre is expected for August 27 when NOVEMBER MAN hits theatres, opposite Luckey Blacey and former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko from QUANTUM OF SOLACE.
Despite the issues about his farewell of the Bond franchise, Brosnan remains very peaceful with the character now: “It was a hard phone to make and it was a hard phone to get”, he explained in 2012 for the documentary EVERYTHING OR NOTHING: THE UNTOLD STORY OF 007. He also has been seen in commercials spoofing his Bond image and he took his family to watch SKYFALL, adding that Craig was “magnificent” in the role.
As we reach the twentieth anniversary of his first James Bond film next year, there are no doubts that Pierce Brosnan’s portrayal of the role saved the franchise and gave it everything for James Bond to last in the ‘90s, an era the cinematic character might have never seen. Needless to speak about the many generations of fans who grew up with his films in those times whose portrayal introduced them to the characters of Francisco Scaramanga, Doctor No, Fiona Volpe, Vesper Lynd and the marvelous world of 007.
Sources: MI6-HQ.com, Rope Of Sillicon.