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Regardless of where James Bond aficionados rank him in the pantheon of 007’s, Pierce Brosnan is a tough personal critic.
In an interview with Britain’s The Telegraph, the 60-year-old actor revealed he has “no desire” to watch himself as James Bond, saying his performance was “never good enough.”
Discussing his four films as 007 — Goldeneye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002) — Brosnan said, “I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery].
“It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real; the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterization didn’t have a follow-through of reality — it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.”
Asked if he ever rewatches his Bond films, he replied, “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond, because it’s just never good enough — it’s a horrible feeling.”
Brosnan next appears opposite Emma Thompson in a romantic comedy heist film, The Love Punch, playing a happily divorced couple trying to recover retirement money that was stolen from them.
Speaking of that role, Brosnan said, “It was enormous fun. No acting required. Just show up and have a good time.”
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