Brosnan recalls being told by the franchise's producers that his services were no longer required
Pierce Brosnan has likened his departure from the Bond franchise to being “kicked to the kerb”.
The Irish actor starred as 007 in four films released between 1995 and 2002, beginning with Goldeneye and culminating with Die Another Day, then the highest-grossing Bond film ever.
Though Brosnan was keen to return for a fifth outing, the franchise’s longtime producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli ultimately decided to take Bond in a new, edgier direction.
An excerpt from a new book about the franchise, Some Kind Of Hero: The Remarkable Story Of The James Bond Films by Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury, quotes Brosnan as saying: “I was in the Bahamas, working on a movie called After The Sunset and my agents called me up and said, ‘Negotiations have stopped. [Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson] are not quite sure what they want to do. They’ll call you next Thursday.”
“I sat in Richard Harris’s house in the Bahamas, and Barbara and Michael were on the line – ‘we’re so sorry.’ She was crying, Michael was stoic and he said, ‘You were a great James Bond. Thank you very much,’ and I said, ‘Thank you very much. Goodbye.’ That was it. I was utterly shocked and just kicked to the kerb with the way it went down.”
Brosnan was succeeded by Daniel Craig, whose own fourth outing as Bond, Spectre, opened in UK cinemas last month. Craig’s future in the role remains uncertain, and Brosnan has recently predicted that the next 007 will be another white male rather than a new, more diverse take on the character.