Pierce Brosnan on Spectre: 'It kind of went on too long'

Pierce Brosnan

Former James Bond praises Daniel Craig’s confident turn as 007 but says secret agent’s latest adventure suffered from a weak story and couldn’t decide if wanted to be a Bond film or a Bourne movie

Former 007 Pierce Brosnan has dismissed the latest James Bond adventure, Spectre, as over-long with a weak storyline.

Speaking to HitFix, Brosnan praised Daniel Craig for a confident turn in his fourth film as the suave super spy, but said the long-running saga needed to decide if it wanted to veer closer to Bond or Bourne templates.

“I was looking forward to it enormously,” said Brosnan. “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.”

The Irish actor, who played 007 four times between 1995 and 2002, added: “[Spectre] is neither fish nor fowl. It’s neither Bond nor Bourne. Am I in a Bond movie? Not in a Bond movie?

“But 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. Just get a tighter story, and he’ll have another classic.”

Brosnan suggested Craig’s infamous claim that he would rather “slash my wrists” than shoot another Bond movie was most likely the by-product of a gruelling filming process on the 24th official 007 episode.

“I think the guy was just fairly banjaxed by playing it,” he said. “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. Give him another year off here, and he’ll be ready to rock and roll for sure.”

Craig, who is contracted for one more Bond film, has since said he remains undecided about returning to the role. Director Sam Mendes, who returned to shoot Spectre after the $1.1bn success of 2012’s Skyfall, has confirmed he will not be back for a third movie.

Spectre is currently running neck and neck with Skyfall at the global box office, with $542m worldwide. It is struggling to match its predecessor in the US, but has smashed records in the UK and China, where it achieved the highest debut for a non-3D Hollywood film at the weekend.

Reviews have generally been strong in the UK but rather weaker in North America, with the film now rated the weakest entry of Craig’s four film tenure as Bond by the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, at 63%.

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