Pierce Brosnan to retire as 007
(Reports The Daily Mail)
He is the most successful 007 of all, but Pierce Brosnan is being
pensioned off as James Bond.
Producers have decided that, at the age of 50, he is not attracting
enough young fans and will be recruiting a successor before the
Names in the frame include Jude Law, Christian Bale, Orlando Bloom,
Colin Farrell and Hugh Jackman.
Brosnan was "optioned" to make one more Bond film, meaning
he would do it if producers still wanted him.
But he has been told that the option will not be taken up for the
22nd Bond movie, due to be made next year.
In some ways he is a victim of his own success.
The massive £705 million box office takings for his four-film
run and, in particular the £250 million triumph of his last
appearance, Die Another Day, has left producers wondering how they
can possibly go one better.
So instead of trying to, they have decided to take a step back
and recreate the early days of Bond with a younger actor.
"Bond reached a peak in Die Another Day - one of the most
succesful films ever - but now we have the opportunity to re-energise
the franchise and take it to even greater heights," said a
source at Eon productions.
"We will go back to the first days of Bond - maybe even his
"We want to attract more young fans and we think that having
a younger Bond will help."
Brosnan's sex symbol status was not helped by pictures taken at
a family barbecue last October in which he betrayed signs of middleage
The decision for a change was given added impetus when Britney
Spears approached producers to ask for a role in the next movie.
They realised the 22-year-old singer would look more like Brosnan's
daughter than his love interest.
The source added that Brosnan was happy with the decision.
"Pierce felt Roger Moore did one too many Bond movies and
he wants to move on while he is still considered alongside Sean
Connery," he said.
Brosnan took over as Bond in 1995, in GoldenEye.
He was contracted to do three films, with the option of a fourth.
That option was extended to include a fifth after the success of
The World Is Not Enough, his third film which came out in 2000.
Roger Moore did his last Bond film, A View To A Kill, when he was
58 while Sean Connery was just 41 when he called it a day in Diamonds
Are Forever, though he made a one-off comeback at 53 in Never Say
Brosnan has already shown that he is more than just a one-trick
pony with acclaimed roles in The Thomas Crown Affair and The Tailor
A spokesman for Eon said that Brosnan may not be part of future
"We are always looking to target younger audiences,"
"We want fans who will still be watching in 40 years.
"We are looking at what direction we want Bond to go and when
that decision has been made, that will determine the cast and plot.
"No decisions have been made."
Brosnan is most Bond fans' second favourite actor in the role,
according to David Black, chairman of the James Bond International
"I think most fans still see Connery as the best Bond, with
Brosnan coming second," he said.
"It depends who you grew up with. Older fans prefer Sean while
the younger ones prefer Brosnan."
Of the candidates to take over, Hugh Jackman, who starred in X-Men,
was the most fancied by fans, he said.
9th February, 2004