BROSNAN: I DON'T KNOW IF I'M IN NEW BOND FILM
EXCLUSIVE: Is Brosnan too old to be 007?
From John Hiscock - The Mirror
YOU could forgive Pierce Brosnan for being both shaken and stirred.
To millions of fans, he is James Bond.
But after playing the superspy in four hit films, the star may
have lost his licence to thrill.
Brosnan has revealed that he has yet to be contacted by the producers
about starring in the soon-to-be-shot fifth movie and doesn't know
if they want him back.
But the thought of being a former 007 isn't keeping him awake at
"They know where to find me if they want me," says Brosnan,
regarded as the best 007 since Sean Connery. "I'd love to do
another but, if not, I won't be out of work."
The casually-dressed star, relaxing at the Four Seasons Hotel in
Los Angeles, gives a candid insight into the saga.
"The producers, Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson, asked
me back when we finished the last Bond film. But I think now there
is a sense of paralysis and they're not quite sure how to proceed."
Recent rumours suggest that a younger actor will take the role
in the 21st film of the series, due for release in autumn 2005.
At the age of 50 there are worries Brosnan won't bring in younger
fans. Names such as Jude Law, Orlando Bloom, Ewan McGregor and current
bookies' favourite, Australian X-Men actor Hugh Jackman, have been
floated as sexier, cooler alternatives.
The current incumbent is philosophical about a possible change.
"You know going in that your time will come to bow out, walk
off and say goodbye. If that time is now, then it's been a glorious
"But I'll always be James Bond because that is a role you
live with for life."
It was Brosnan who rejuvenated the faltering franchise a decade
ago. GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and
Die Another Day have all been big hits and the actor's heroics appealed
to a new audience.
In return, the role has been good to the Irish-born star, both
professionally and financially.
"It's allowed me to participate in causes that are close to
my heart and provide for my family in a very fine way," he
HE'D originally been offered the part in 1986, when Roger Moore
gave it up, but he was committed to playing smoothie TV detective
Remington Steele. He was offered it again in 1995, as Timothy Dalton's
successor, and took it.
Things had gone smoothly until the recent death of Dana Broccoli,
which threw the whole "Bond 21" project into turmoil -
as have the "new 007" rumours. It's also not certain whether
the chosen director, Martin Campbell, will be available.
But whatever happens, a decision on who will play 007 will have
to be made soon as - despite the lack of a script or start date
- the film is due out on November 18 next year.
And if the middle-aged Brosnan is no longer wanted, he has plenty
of ideas about who could replace him.
"Colin Salmon would be a great Bond. Clive Owen is a very
fine actor... Hugh Jackman... Gerard Butler... There are men out
there and there will be another Bond, whether I do it or not,"
"Bond has been in the limelight for so many years he'll carry
Even if left to make the decision himself, Brosnan would know when
to quit. Critics and fans agree that Moore's last appearance in
the role at 58 was farcical - and Brosnan doesn't intend to end
his tenure in the same way.
Yet the star, who had driven in from his home in Malibu to meet
me, looks much younger than 50 - even with a wispy moustache grown
for his next film, Matador, in which he plays a hitman in Mexico.
He has the appealing quality of seeming to not quite believe his
good fortune and, he says, he gives thanks every day for that and
his extended family.
He married TV journalist Kelly Shaye Smith in August 2001. They
have two sons, Dylan Thomas, seven, and three-year-old Paris Beckett.
Brosnan also has a 20-year-old son, Sean, from his first marriage
to Cassandra Harris, who died of cancer in 1991, and is the adoptive
father of her two grown-up children.
Most of the time, Brosnan has a mischievous twinkle in his eye
but he becomes serious when he talks of family life.
"The little boys are great," he says. "I'm relishing
their company on a day-to-day basis. I'm a lucky man to have it
all over again at 50.
"I'm old-fashioned and believe in marriage. I had a great
marriage which, sadly, had its own ending and I was lucky enough
to find love again.
"Being a father is a huge responsibility, even more so now
than it was when I was in my 20s and 30s because then I was so full
of myself and trying to be successful.
"Then suddenly you look around and you are successful and
that gives you the luxury to spend more time with your children."
MARRIAGE - and divorce - feature in his latest film, the romantic
comedy Laws Of Attraction, directed by Peter Howitt and produced
He and Julianne Moore play divorce lawyers pitted against each
other in a case. But they find themselves wed after a wild night
Meanwhile, the production company the star founded, Irish Dreamtime,
has yielded three films and is developing several more which he
is set to star in.
It all shows that he has no intention of sitting around waiting
for Bond to come calling.
Through all this frantic activity, he exudes cool sophistication,
causing his older children to nickname him Gentlemen's Relish, after
a pricey pate he favours.
But, he now admits, he achieved his suave veneer simply by watching
"I always thought of myself as a peasant but I created something
"I came to America 23 years ago, got lucky and landed the
role of Steele. The director wanted it to be like an old film so
I watched Cary Grant movies and the next thing I know, I'm Mr Sophistication.
"Yes, I like clothes and the good things of life, and I've
been blessed with the good fortune to be able to afford some of
"But I don't know if it would have happened if I hadn't had
James Bond in my life."
Unlike most of the villains who say "goodbye, Mr Bond",
the future looks decidedly rosy for Brosnan.
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23rd March, 2004