CRAIG TOLD BROSNAN HE
WAS NO LONGER BOND
While Pierce Brosnan was in the process of negotiating with the studio
bosses in February 2005, Daniel Craig stuns Brosnan by telling him he
“I don't know if I gave him much choice, but he said, 'Go for it. It's a
ride.' [I can't believe] He didn't hit me,” Craig said. The revelation left
Apparently Daniel Craig had no problems recounting that very same
incident in a different way on many occasions so he could
disingenuously put a positive spin on his meeting with Brosnan. So
much for a clean conscience.
Did Craig decide to come clean and tell the truth about his meeting
with Pierce Brosnan at the BAFTA awards based on concern over the
possible public reaction when EON’s “underhanded dealings”, that he
suspects happened, actually come to light?
According to Craig, he was reluctant to take the role up as he felt he
didn’t fit the bill. He told Casino Royale producer Barbara Broccoli the
film may become a 'poisoned chalice' if he wasn't accepted as Bond.
Daniel Craig warned Pierce Brosnan of pink slip from
Thu, 12 Oct 2006
Author Philip Green
It was blond Bond Daniel Craig and not studio bosses that
broke the news to Pierce Brosnan that he was being dropped
from the James Bond franchise, the star of 'Casino Royale' has
The revelation hit 53-year-old Brosnan in February at the
BAFTA Awards in London, where 38-year-old Craig was seated
behind the Die Another Day star. “I didn't know how much he
knew about all this. But I knew that if I wasn't up front with
him, if I met him again, I wouldn't be able to look him in the
eye,” Craig said.
He added that he thought Brosnan was in the know but the
fact was that the former Bond was in the process of
negotiating with the studio bosses. “I said, 'Look this is a
possibility, what do you think?' I don't know if I gave him
much choice, but he said, 'Go for it. It's a ride.' He didn't hit
me,” Craig said. Though the revelation left Brosnan stunned,
it left Craig with a clean conscience. “I don't know if anyone
was underhand with Pierce but I know I wasn't,” he said.
Craig, the first ever blond actor to play Ian Fleming's British
superspy, will be seen in Casino Royale scheduled for release
in November. On his part, Brosnan has been one of the most
successful Bonds, credited with reviving the franchise with
Golden Eye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough,
and Die Another Day. Others in the coveted role, which began
in 1962 with Dr No, are Sean Connery, George Lazenby,
Roger Moore, and Timothy Dalton.
According to Craig, at first he was reluctant to take the role up
as he didn't feel he fitted the bill. He told Casino Royale
producer Barbara Broccoli the film may become a 'poisoned
chalice' if he wasn't accepted as Bond. But Broccoli finally
managed to convince the Lara Croft star otherwise. The
casting was fraught with controversy. Many James Bond fans
boycotted Craig and over the internet blasted the studio's
decision. How good Craig's decision was will be revealed on
November 17 when the flick hits the theaters.