||Bond No. 5 - Pierce Brosnan
Irishman Pierce Brosnan was first approached to play
James Bond as early as 1984, but was unable to sign for
the role until it was offered again following the
announcement of Timothy Dalton's voluntary departure
after filming two Bond movies.
Following many years working backstage and then front
stage in British theatre, Brosnan began to land roles in both
television and motion pictures. The 1980's TV mini-series
'The Manions of America' was his first true break out role,
and it resulted in his landing the title role in the popular and
light-hearted detective series 'Remington Steele', the part
that really made Pierce a household name in the United
Starring with actress Stephanie Zimbalist, ' Remington
Steele' was very successful, and Brosnan starred in the
role for more than 4 seasons. From the time of it debut,
television audiences immediately identified the tall,
handsome, charismatic actor as someone who could fit the
role of British secret agent James Bond.
Oddly enough, the late actress Cassandra Harris,
Brosnan's first wife, was featured 'For Your Eyes Only' with
Roger Moore. It was at that time that Brosnan was first
introduced to Bond producer Cubby Broccoli.
Finally in 1994, Pierce Brosnan was revealed to the world
as the 5th 007. 'GoldenEye', his first Bond role, took in over
$350 million worldwide, the highest take for any Bond film
at the time. His subsequent three films each took in more
and more, and all four films together have made over $1.6
billion worldwide thus far.
Following rumours that he was seeking a higher salary and
part of the gross for his 5th outing as Bond, EON
productions unceremoniously declared that his services
were no longer needed, and against the wishes of most
fans, with whom he had found popularity second only to
Connery, EON announced they were seeking a new face for
James Bond, no doubt the most questionable and
controversial decision they have ever revealed in their 40
years of Bond film making.
To this day, many, many Bond fans still hold out the hope
that Brosnan will return to the role, having already rejected
his altogether unimpressive successor to the role of 007.
As a great choice for the role of Bond, Brosnan gets a 9 out
||Bond No. 6 - The Bottom of the Barrel
After the infamous and unfair dismissal of Pierce Brosnan,
the most popular Bond since Sean Connery, EON
Productions and partner Sony Pictures managed to find
man who is extraordinarily less handsome and charismatic
than any one of the men who played Bond.
Although several better known and better looking actors
were approached for the role, rumored to have included
Clive Owen and Hugh Jackman, EON was unable to offer a
degree of salary to attract a known leading man actor.
Following an extensive search of unknown and lesser
known actors, EON shocked the world when they
presented the skinny, craggy and wholly unimpressive
Daniel Craig. By and large, he is the first actor they have
ever cast that is completely against type. In fact, his blunt
features are more suggestive of a pugilistic victim of Rocky
Balboa than of suave secret agent.
Even more less suitable is his acting pedigree. Unlike most
of his predecessors, Craig has never really played heroic
or romantic leading men, having looks that scarcely
suggest such a character.
In fact Craig's stock and trade has been playing the part of
criminals, alcoholics, addicts, psychopaths, child
murderers, thieves, perverts and gigolos. In fact, he is much
more the type to play one of Bond's deranged nemeses, ala
Robert Carlyle, than anyone remotely resembling the
handsome, athletic and sinisterly smooth agent 007.
His casting, and the whole reboot of Bond's identity in fact
represent EON's desperate attempt to produce a Bond
movie on the cheap, and is nothing more than one big
If the voice of the fans indicate anything, it is that many are
willing to sit out Craig's first Bond film, hoping to make it his
last. We can only hope that at that point, Sony Pictures will
finally have the smarts to offer Pierce Brosnan whatever he
wants to return as Bond
At least in that thought, there is hope that the real James
Bond will be back once more, because Daniel Craig will
never be really be the real James Bond.
And since he cannot be Bond, we give Daniel Craig a nice
round 0 out of 10, a number that surely matches his