When the 20th James Bond film is release a massive 40 years after the first was released it may just be the last time we see actor Pierce Brosnan donne the tux and utter “Bond… James Bond.” That’s according to actress Samantha Bond who has played Miss Moneypenny in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and will again in Bond 20.
In an interview appearing on British Teletext the actress said “I think he’ll probably call it a day after the next one. The rest of his career is going so brilliantly he can do that. Last time I saw him he was very happy.”
Sadly Samantha has said that if Brosnan leaves, so will she. “There will be big changes when Pierce goes. I would be reluctant to carry on because that relationship would change.”
Also mentioned is Bond 20 going before the camera’s in January, which to me seems a little inaccurate as it would give them only a few months to edit the film for a November release.
Sad news it seems, though there are the rumours that Brosnan will stay on to do a total of 7 films. Feel free to e-mail us your thoughts on this or to discuss it in the Bond 20 Forums, in particular in this thread where a discussion has already begun.
Just for ease we’ve got the full report here from Teletext:
Pierce Brosnan will do one more Bond movie, then turn his back on 007 for good, says actress Samantha Bond, who has played Miss Moneypenny in the last three films.
She told Big Screen: “I think he’ll probably call it a day after the next one. The rest of his career is going so brilliantly he can do that. Last time I saw him he was very happy.”
The cameras roll on Bond 20 next January. Co-star Samantha, speaking after the launch of new ITV drama The Hunt, said: “There will be big changes when Pierce goes. I would be reluctant to carry on because that relationship would change.”
Samantha first played Moneypenny in GoldenEye in 1995. She loves the role but wishes she was given more dialogue.
She told Big Screen: “I’m a realistic actress and with her you have to remember that she will only ever get 10 lines of dialogue per film. You have to know your limits. I’d love to have more lines, though.”
Brosnan, 48, has agreed to make a fourth Bond movie but is waiting for a good enough script to be written.
He succeeded in getting the first draft of The World Is Not Enough completely revised.
No title has been given for what will be the 20th “official” movie in the most succesful film brand in history.
In his latest film, The Tailor From Panama, he plays another spy.