Jimmy Fallon is continuing to live the dream as the host of NBC’s The Tonight Show. During Tuesday night’s broadcast, he was able to convince Pierce Brosnan to play a little game of Goldeneye007 on the Nintendo 64.
Brosnan was a guest on The Tonight Show to promote his upcoming spy thriller, The November Man. The actor hasn’t played James Bond in 12 years, but Fallon was able to get him to take on the video game version of the role just one more time.
Goldeneye 007 was originally released in 1997 for Nintendo’s console and went on to become one of the best-selling games for the Nintendo 64. However, Brosnan admitted that he played it only once and “shot himself in the foot.”
Brosnan proved that he’s a better actor than a video game player by miles as he and Fallon faced off in a two-player multiplayer match. While the actor struggled with the controller and finding a gun, Fallon zipped around the map. The two eventually bumped into one another and The November Man quickly became virtually deceased.
“I thought you loved me,” Brosnan cried as the giant video screen told the tale of his demise. It was all ok in the end though as both Fallon and Brosnan hugged it out.
Goldeneye 007 was originally developed by Rare Ltd, who was happy to Tweet out the video of their game being played on national TV.
— Rare Ltd. (@RareLtd) August 20, 2014
This is actually the second time the game has been in the news this past month. As reported by GameSpot, actor Season Bean took a question from a fan during a Reddit AMA where he was asked about being in a cult classic video game.
“Oh, it’s good, it’s great!” Bean responded. “Especially because it’s so popular, it’s like, quite unique really. It was such a big hit. But I think I’ve seen him. I think my head looks a bit square innit [sic].”
It’s hard to believe but, Goldene 007 was the pinnacle of graphics for first-person shooters in 1997. It went on to spawn Perfect Dark as a spiritual successor before the genre exploded in popularity once game consoles like the Xbox and Playstation began to connect to the internet for online multiplayer.
The game was remade by Activision for the Nintendo Wii in 2010 followed by a PS3 and Xbox 360 release a year later, but didn’t meet the same success.
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