Pierce Brosnan: 'I was never good enough as James Bond'
He may have spent a decade starring as the world’s suavest spy, but it appears Pierce Brosnan is not quite as confident as his alter-ego.
The actor has disclosed he has “no desire” to watch himself as James Bond, admitting his performance is “never good enough”.
Claiming seeing himself on screen is a “horrible feeling”, he disclosed he had found it very hard to grasp the meaning” of the role, following in the footstep of Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore.
In an interview with The Telegraph, about his new film Love Punch, Brosnan said his latest role was “enormous fun”, with “no acting required”.
Of his time as James Bond, for films including Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day, he said: “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 characterisation 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.”
When asked if he had ever re-watched the films, he added: “I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. ‘Cause it’s just never good enough.
“It’s a horrible feeling.”
His new film will see him starring alongside Emma Thompson, as a happily divorced couple trying to recover stolen retirement money.
“It was enormous fun,” said Brosnan. “No acting required. Just show up and have a good time, really.”
When asked about appearing with a co-star his own age, rather than a much younger woman, the actor agreed European films were less squeamish about romance in maturity.
“It’s so manicured and codified in America; they don’t really venture into the realms of reality when it comes to the relationships of men and women; they go to the market of youth,” he said.
Brosnan also disclosed details of his personal life, speaking about the death of his adopted daughter Charlotte last summer, at the age of 42.
“I have a strong faith, being Catholic Irish, that has been maintained throughout my life,” he said of his coping mechanism. “I enjoy the ritual of church, prayer. I’m not consistent in it, but it’s within me.
“The dark times and the troubles, they’ll come regardless. You just hope you have the strength and courage to address them and endure. You want to live as many lives as possible in one, you want to do as much as you can.”