1. Bitter Brosnan: "Negotiations have now ceased."

    By johncox on 2004-04-25

    Pierce Brosnan is being much less “opaque” these days about his standoff with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson over his future as James Bond. Back in February, CBn and MKKBB reported that negotiations between producers and the star had ceased. When questioned, Brosnan has been evasive as to his status, choosing to use the word “opaque” and hinting that the series itself was in a state of “paralysis.”

    But in an interview published today in the Boston Herald (Law’-breaker: Pierce Brosnan shakes up perfect image with new romantic comedy), the clearly bitter Brosnan confirmed that negotiations have indeed ceased, and while not offering much new in the way of specific details, he did speak more candidly about the situation than he has before.

    The following excerpt is from the Boston Herald:

    If “Laws of Attraction” does its work, Brosnan won’t have to worry about his status as 007. He had expected to be preparing for nine months of filming for his fifth turn as the world’s most famous secret agent. Instead, he’s heading to Mexico City to work with Greg Kinnear and Hope Davis (“American Splendor'”) on an edgy, low-budget comedy for DreamTime.

    “All I know is before I went on the last promotion for the Bond: Die Another Day, I’d done my contract, my four movies,” he said. “They said they wanted to do a fifth, and we started negotiations, and those negotiations have now ceased. Where does that leave me? How do I answer this question?”

    If this looks like some kind of a publicity ploy, Brosnan makes it clear that’s hardly the case. He is clearly upset.

    “It would be nice to have the respect for the people you have worked hard for to give an honest answer,” he said. “It would be nice to have it on level ground. But nobody knows. I wish I could be more specific and say, ‘No, they’re going to look for somebody else. My time is up; they’ve found somebody else.’ I can’t say that, and at the same time I can’t say, ‘Well, we’re going ahead,’ because they said, ‘We don’t have the script. We don’t know what to do.'”

    Rumors always have been part and parcel of the 007 franchise. As Brosnan notes, a spinoff film with Halle Berry’s Jinx was going to be made.

    “That went pfft! To look for the truth, you have to go to MGM. Good luck! You have to go to the Broccolis. Even greater luck,” he said.

    As to the present impasse, Brosnan said, “You try to answer as specifically and as honestly as possible because I don’t have anything to hide. But I don’t know what’s going on, except they don’t know how to deal with it.”

    Last night Fox New Channel, in a report on Brosnan’s future as 007, also stated that negotiations have “ended.”

    Thanks to [dark] for the Boston Hearld alert, and “johnboy007” for the Fox News alert..
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