Pierce Brosnan: I never nailed Bond
Pierce Brosnan has confessed he felt he never managed to "nail" the character of James Bond.
The 56-year-old actor took over the role of Ian Fleming's iconic spy from Timothy Dalton in GoldenEye in 1995, and played 007 for four movies, but told American magazine Venice he always felt in the shadow of predecessors Sean Connery and Roger Moore.
Pierce revealed: "It was one of those things I always struggled with - I never felt that I really nailed it - there was always a hint of Sean Connery and Roger Moore that was so indelible in my own mind."
Speaking about his second outing as Bond, he said: "When I did Tomorrow Never Dies I knew the movie wasn't up to speed, it wasn't as good as GoldenEye."
But he added: "I'm proud to have played 007. It's a small group of men, a prestigious group to be in the company of."
Pierce also revealed he had never watched his successor Daniel Craig as Bond.
He said: "I haven't seen Daniel in the role. I tried watching it on an airplane. I thought 37,000 feet was a good distance to watch it from and it broke down right at the beginning. The attendant came and changed it and it broke down a second time, so I figured, 'OK. The Gods must be saying something...' So I never went near it! I just thought, 'Let sleeping dogs lie'."