A James Bond movie directed by the legendary Quentin Tarantino? Well, this hasn’t actually happened yet. But Tarantino did present a James Bond movie pitch to Pierce Brosnan.
Tarantino really wanted his own 007
Daniel Craig gave a new life to the Bond franchise. But before that, Quentin Tarantino was quite eager to direct his own Bond movie with former 007 – Pierce Brosnan. In fact, Tarantino presented a James Bond movie pitch to Pierce Brosnan! He set the story in the ‘50s and ‘60s, with Pierce Brosnan, and probably Uma Thurman as the Bond Girl. Indeed, the filmmaker even met Brosnan personally for the project – but it never came to fruition.
Pierce Brosnan recalls Tarantino’s 007 pitch
Both Brosnan and Tarantino have addressed this in the past. But recently, Brosnan gave more details of their discussion. Talking to Esquire on a live-watch for GoldenEye, he explained how after Kill Bill Vol. 2 (2004), Tarantino wanted to meet him. “I went up to Hollywood one day from the beach, and I met him at the Four Seasons. I got there at 7:00 P.M. 7:15 came around, no Quentin, he was upstairs doing press” said Brosnan. He further amusingly elaborated, “Someone sent over a martini, so I had a martini, and I waited till 7:30, and I thought, where the heck is he? Word came down, apologies, so I thought, okay, I’ll have another martini.”
Soon the “Jackie Brown” and “Pulp Fiction” director finally showed. But Brosnan was a bit drunk by then – or “fairly smokered.” He recalls how Tarantino then promptly ordered even more martinis. And the two gentlemen got even more “smokered” as Tarantino passionately shared the Bond pitched.
But Brosnan put his foot down
Pierce Brosnan further explained, “He [Tarantino] was pounding the table, saying you’re the best James Bond, I wanna do Bond, and it was very close quarters in the restaurant, and I thought, please calm down, but we don’t tell Quentin Tarantino to calm down.” Quentin Tarantino’s drunk enthusiasm only tells about his passion for the Bond project. But Brosnan added, “He wanted to do James Bond, and I went back to the shop and told them, but it wasn’t mean to be. No Quentin Tarantino for James Bond.”
Brosnan did return to the franchise after the theatrical release of “Die Another Day” (2002). As for Tarantino, he went on to direct “Death Proof” for his “Grindhouse” collab with Robert Rodriguez. The Bond franchise was brought back to life with Casino Royale by Daniel Craig in 2006. Craig has starred in 5 James Bond movies till now. And he will bid farewell to the character with No Time to Die in November.