Starting with Sean Connery in the first 007 films, Dr. No., the James Bond franchise has now become a massive empire, with around 25 films under its belt. In its latest iteration, we saw Daniel Craig become the super-spy, until his departure from the franchise with No Time to Die.
Since his departure, the race to become the next 007 has become fierce, with Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill and The Suicide Squad‘s Idris Elba becoming top contenders. The producers on the other hand are taking their time with the casting, as they intend to reinvent James Bonn.
Pierce Brosnan’s legacy in the Bond Franchise
Being the fifth man to play the super-spy, Pierce Brosnan had big shoes to fill, as Sean Connery and Roger Moore left a huge mark on the franchise. He started his run with GoldenEye in 1995, directed by Martin Campbell.
GoldenEye was well received, but every film that followed it wasn’t as successful as the first one. So when he left the franchise in Die Another Day, fans were excited to see who will be the next Bond. Surprising many, Daniel Craig was cast as Bond in Casino Royale.
Pierce Brosnan’s take on No Time to Die
As Daniel Craig’s run has ended, Pierce Brosnan has commented on the Knives Out actor’s legacy. In an interview with GQ, he stated that he loved Skyfall, which was directed by Sam Mendes. But he also noted his dissatisfaction with No Time to Die, stating:
“I saw the last one, and I saw Skyfall. I love Skyfall. I’m not too sure about the last one. … Daniel always gives of his heart. Very courageous, very strong. But…”
Even though he refused to elaborate further, we can assume the fan’s and critics’ responses didn’t resonate with him. Considering the only aspect that the last film changed from the franchise’s formula was killing the super-spy, it could be the reason why he was disappointed.