Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan has revealed he had concerns about playing 007 during his decade-long tenure, including insecurities about his own performance and doubts regarding the depth and believability of the role itself.
“I felt I was caught in a time warp between [Bond predecessors] Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery],” said Brosnan. “[The role] 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 characterisation 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.”
Brosnan says those misgivings about his Bond films mean he avoids revisiting his performances as 007.
“I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond,” he told The Telegraph. “‘Cause it’s just never good enough… It’s a horrible feeling.”
However, Brosnan is quick to point out the positives of playing the world’s favourite spy, saying that being Bond was like being “an ambassador to a small nation,” and admitting that it had been a major boost to his career. “It’s the gift that keeps on giving, that allowed me to create my own production company and make my own movies.”
Brosnan played James Bond in four movies – GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day – between 1995 and 2002.
Last year, his production company Irish Dreamtime co-produced another spy movie, The November Man, in which he also starred. “There’s enough time between my being James Bond and now,” he said. “Daniel [Craig] is James Bond; I was James Bond; I think there’s enough room on the stage to elbow my way in and find some audience.”