Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with another chapter in the cluster-fuck that is the Bond franchise right now. It's gotten to the point that we have just been ignoring every Bond casting rumor, it was getting that ridiculous. I know I was thinking, "Fuck it! I'll just wait for the official announcement!" Well, this ain't an official announcement on who will be playing James Bond in the next film, but rather a confirmation of who won't be playing James Bond. I've always liked Brosnan in the role and hope whoever they have reloading his PPK is a worthy successor. Below is an email containing an Associated Press article where Brosnan confirms his official lay off from the series.
What the heck is wrong with these producers? They do the right thing and get the guy back in there for his 007 swan song....fans rejoice.....now this.....I'm so pissed.....
The Associated Press
A single, surprising phone call and it was over. That's how Pierce Brosnan says he learned that his services as James Bond would no longer be required.
"One phone call, that's all it took!" the 52-year-old actor tells Entertainment Weekly magazine in its Aug. 19 issue.
Brosnan starred in four Bond films. He says that before they stopped negotiations, the producers had invited him back for a fifth time.
"You know, the movie career for me really started with Bond," says Brosnan, acknowledging that by the time "GoldenEye" premiered in 1995, he was already 42.
He then starred as 007 in "Tomorrow Never Dies" (1997), "The World Is Not Enough" (1999) and "Die Another Day" (2002).
His departure from the role was a "titanic jolt to the system," says Brosnan, followed by "a great sense of calm."
"I thought ... I can do anything I want to do now. I'm not beholden to them or anyone. I'm not shackled by some contracted image. So there was a sense of liberation."
Brosnan says he's grateful to have had the role, but adds: "It never felt real to me. I never felt I had complete ownership over Bond. Because you'd have these stupid one-liners ? which I loathed ? and I always felt phony doing them."
He plays a foulmouthed, skirt-chasing hit man in the upcoming film "The Matador."
"(For this) to come on the heels of my departure from the world of Bond is sweet grace, to play this one as a farewell to that chapter in time ? it certainly wasn't planned."