James Bond’s latest outing Spectre has got all kinds of opinions but here’s one that should count both for Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes: Former Bond Pierce Brosnan found the story “weak” and the film “too long”.
While speaking with Hitflix, the former 007 said, “I was looking forward to it enormously. I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak — it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did.” Brosnan played Bond from 1995 to 2002 and starred in four films while on Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Craig’s predecessor, however, was all praise for the current actor’s rugged Bond, “... Daniel, in the fourth go-round, has ownership of it. He had a nice looseness to him. He’s a mighty warrior, and I think he found a great sense of himself in this one with the one-liners and a nice playfulness there.” Brosnan is at present promoting his thriller, No Escape.
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And as someone who has been there, do the stars prefer to cut their wrists than act in another Bond film (paraphrasing Craig’s famous comment)? “I think the guy was just fairly banjaxed by playing it. By the time you finish making a Bond movie, you don’t want to hear the name, see the name or have anything to do with it because you just want to go to ground.”
Given the hurly-burly over who should play Bond next, who gets Brosnan vote? Well, his advice is why fix something which ain’t broken. “Give him (Craig) another year off here, and he’ll be ready to rock and roll for sure. Just get a tighter story, and he’ll have another classic,” he said. If he meant another Skyfall, we are all for it!