1. "He's the greatest ever, and deservedly so."

    By Matt Weston on 2007-08-24

    Former James Bond, Pierce Brosnan has finally revealed his thoughts on Daniel Craig’s performance in Casino Royale in an interview with the Daily Mirror.

    Pierce Brosnan

    Pierce Brosnan

    “He’s the greatest ever, and deservedly so,” Brosnan said simply.

    “I’m proud and still honoured that I was part of that legacy, but I thought Daniel was a great choice. I have no regrets – I just would have loved to do the thing myself. I don’t have any hard feelings over it.”

    “I thought they had great courage to do what they did, because we were so far down the road with deal making. As far as I was concerned, great, I’d do a fifth, then good night. Because it really does take a toll on you. So, as much of a shock and surprise as it was to get the phone call on that day, in the next breath it was a liberation.”

    Pierce Brosnan & Daniel Craig before Craig's appointment as Agent 007

    Pierce Brosnan & Daniel Craig before Craig’s appointment as Agent 007

    Brosnan also spoke about the complacency that sets in. “When you have Bond there’s a comfort. You have a responsibility to that character. You live with it too many years. So it was with mixed emotions that it ended. I knew Daniel was toying with the idea so I told him, ‘For God’s sake, go and do it and enjoy it’.”

    “You get complacent having a role like that – the luxury of doing one every 18 months. It focused my attention on what I want to do with my career and the choices I want to make. Now I’m out there in the field, what’s going to happen next?”

    Brosnan’s Seraphim Falls is released in the UK today. “The Bonds were physically demanding. They were six months of running from pillar to post, but [Seraphim Falls] had an intensity to it. When things went wrong, they went wrong very fast. Luckily, I’ve spent time in the outdoors, camping and finding my way. I read maps – I had training in that early on in my life. I knew it was going to be tough, but that was the challenge.”

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