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August 17, 2005

Again: Brosnan Out As Bond, Supposedly

EON basically fired him.

We went through this once before. Actually, we've gone through this with every Bond before, because this is the Bond negotiation process. Actor says "Never again." EON says "Here's more money." Actor says "Okay, one more time."

Or EON says, "You're fired." Actor says, "Okay, I'll do it for 10% more than I did it for last time." EON says, "Okay, one more time."

Well, that didn't really happen with Lazenby (knocked way too hard for not being Sean Connery in his first and only outing) or Dalton (too weird-looking to be Bond; plus, the movies sucked).

But for Connery, Moore, and Brosnan, that has been the standard process.

So once again: Who will be the next Bond? Football Fans for Truth has some ideas.

Clive Owen at the top of the list, of course. Jeremy Northam, though? Too goofy. He'd be Timothy Dalton II.

Jason Stratham could do it; FFFT doesn't see him as comfortable in a ritzy casino, but that's what the tux is for, dude. Connery was, as Ian Fleming described him, "a Scottish lorry driver," without the aristocratic bearing he thought Bond should have. (Fleming, um, thought that David Niven would be the perfect Bond.)

But once Connery had the tux on, everything was copacetic.

Stratham basically auditioned for the role as Handsome Rob in The Italian Job. Wouldn't take much for him to learn an upper-class accent.

Iaon Gruffold is a good actor, but he's too young, too short, and too pretty.

Fun to talk about, I guess, but my prediction for the next Bond? Pierce Brosnan.

Unfortunately.


Brosnan On the Liberation From Bondage:

His departure from the role was a "titanic jolt to the system," says Brosnan, followed by "a great sense of calm."

"I thought. ... I can do anything I want to do now. I'm not beholden to them or anyone. I'm not shackled by some contracted image. So there was a sense of liberation."

...

He plays a foulmouthed, skirt-chasing hit man in the upcoming film "The Matador."

Wow. He's playing a skirt-chasing hitman in his next film? I'm glad to see him spread his wings and really fly away from the Bond image.

So far, Brosnan has played either Remington Steele (Thomas Crowne Affair, After the Sunset) or James Bond (Tailor of Panama) in most of his non-Bond roles.

Even in Mrs. Doubtfire he played Remington Steele, pretty much.

The guy's got all the thespianic range of an Andy Dick.


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