And here you thought Die Another Day was a bad Bond movie.
In an interview posted yesterday by The Telegraph, former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan dismissed his own era as the famous British secret agent, calling his performances "never good enough."
Now 60, Brosnan starred in four James Bond films -- GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002) -- with each film arguably being worse than the one that preceded it. During promotion for his fourth and final Bond film, Brosnan expressed interest in returning for a fifth, saying "I'd like to do another, sure. [Sean] Connery did six. Six would be a number, then never come back." But after former Bond Roger Moore received criticism for staying in the role until he was 58, fiftysomething Brosnan ended up announcing in 2005 that he was finished with the role. Daniel Craig, 37 at the time, was announced as the sixth James Bond eight months later.
On this time as James Bond, Brosnan told The Telegraph. "I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean. 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."
When asked if he ever watches any of his Bond movies, Brosnan replied, "I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond, 'cause it’s just never good enough. It’s a horrible feeling."
However, Brosnan apparently holds no animosity toward his successor, Daniel Craig. In a recent article for ShortList, Brosnan was asked what he thought of Craig's recent Bond film Skyfall and if seeing Craig on screen is like watching him date an ex-girlfriend. "It's all his," laughed Brosnan. "He’s the man, he’s the dude. There’s only one Bond and that’s him. I didn’t see any of the others, but I loved Skyfall. I thought what [director] Sam Mendes did was very rich and textured and had real balls to it – I was very impressed."