CBn reported back in Febuary of this year that Pierce Brosnan would not be returning to play 007 in Bond 21. Bewteen then and now… Brosnan opened up to talk about how no one really knew what was going on with the next Bond film (1, 2, 3). Soon after that things became silent (1, 2); then news broke out from a source other than Brosnan that there was indeed a despute between the Bond producers and Brosnan and negotiations had crumbled between the two.
Yesterday on Access Hollywood there was mention of Brosnan being cut from the Bond franchise. Now today the magazine Entertainment Weeky has reported that it appears Pierce Brosnan is indeed turning in his licence to kill.
In an interview on the magazines web-site Pierce Brosnan said, “That’s it, I’ve said all I’ve got to say on the world of James Bond.” Brosnan also mentioned that Die Another Day (2002) was his last mission on Her Majesty’s Secret Service. “Bond is another lifetime behind me.” But for Brosnan, playing Bond will always be a fond memory…
“We went out on a high, and I look back affectionately at that time and doing those four movies. But I’ve said all I gotta say on it.”
– Pierce Brosnan
So the big question is who does MGM and Eon/Danjaq really have in the running to be the next James Bond? Will they approach Brosnan and ask him to return, and if so will he take the role back for Bond 21? Will Brosnan return in a later movie, like Sean Connery did for Diamonds are Forever and Never Say Never Again? Or have we really seen Pierce Brosnan’s last day as Bond in Die Another Day?