Pierce Brosnan As James Bond: He Doesn’t Think He Was ‘Good Enough’

Pierce Brosnan thinks his role as James Bond was 'not good enough'

Pierce Brosnan’s run as James Bond was a memorable set of films, but the actor has confessed that he doesn’t think he was ever “good enough” in the role. It is arguable that this is the same mentality every artist has about their work, but sadly a lot of James Bond veterans would agree with him.

It is worth noting, as previously reported by The Inquisitr, that Pierce Brosnan ended up with the role because his contract for Remington Steele ended in time for Liam Neeson to turn down the chance to play the British secret agent. The actor who played so many memorable roles in major films said that he had to choose between marrying the woman he loved or playing James Bond, and she won.

While Brosnan might not have been right for the role in many fans’ eyes, he certainly knew how to pull off playing a sophisticated and suave ladies’ man with a thirst for danger and a license to kill. It was probably the directors’ fault that he came off almost bland and devoid of personality for most of his duration as 007. It was the age of pushing the special effects as much as possible, and visuals outranked plot or intelligence in that era. With the recasting of Daniel Craig, it seems audiences have accepted the allegedly best actor since Sean Connery.

Goldeneye had a nice balance of visuals and innuendo which complemented the plot of a Russian scientist attempting to threaten the world, and James Bond’s predecessor gone bad.

Tomorrow Never Dies featured one of the dumbest Bond villains in the series, a man bent on creating a world war just to sell newspapers. The World is Not Enough had yet another underwhelming villain, who used his inability to feel pain as an excuse to start a nuclear holocaust, and we also saw Denise Richards try and fail to convince us that she was a nuclear physicist.

Die Another Day may have suffered from terrible and unbelievable CG effects, as well as the cheesy acting of Halle Berry as Jinx, but the plot was a solid homage to the classic films before it. Also for the first time we got a solid performance out of Pierce Brosnan. Some fans will disagree, stating that Goldeneye was his best performance of the four.

Brosnan himself told the press that it’s depressing to watch his own movies in the series:

“I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. ‘Cause it’s just never good enough. It’s a horrible feeling … I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger and Sean. It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the [characterization] didn’t have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.”

Do you agree with Pierce Brosnan that he was the worst James Bond actor of them all, or is he not giving himself enough credit?