Pierce Brosnan Praises “Magnificent” Daniel Craig in ‘Skyfall’; Talks Romance in ‘Love Is All You Need’
Trine Cyrholm and Pierce Brosnan in 'Love Is All You Need' (Photo: Sony Pictures Classics)
Pierce Brosnan might have turned in his license to kill, but that's not stopping him from talking Bond, James Bond.
Yahoo! Movies caught up with the 59-year-old actor in Manhattan to discuss his latest starring role, in Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier's charming romcom "Love Is All You Need," opening Friday. The Irishman plays an embittered widower that gets a second chance at love with a cancer survivor (Trine Dyrholm) when they meet at their children's Italian wedding.
But, ever the gentleman, Brosnan graciously switched gears and discussed his years as Bond, where he fit in the 007 pantheon -- and seeing "Skyfall" for the first time.
We're here to talk about "Love Is All You Need," but let's get a few Bond questions out of the way. Have you seen the new ones with Daniel Craig?
I've only seen "Skyfall." I had to. I was in London doing a film with Toni Collette, so every time I'd walk out my door I'd see Daniel. Every time I'd turn the radio on I'd hear Adele. I said, "OK, no time like the present." There's enough space, time, and water under the bridge to see what this man has done.
And I loved it. I did. I really did. I've covered a lot of ground since playing James Bond. I knew Daniel. We passed in the night, so to speak, and we spoke about life and how wonderful it was for him to do 007. He didn't need any words from me except: "Go forth, steal thunder, be Bond, and enjoy the ride."
Enjoy the ride while it lasts.
It only lasts a certain time. As you keep going down the road you realize that more and more, and so you become quite sanguine about it. You can enjoy life then, when you don't have that monkey on your back of striving the whole time and trying to be great.
I still want to be good as an actor. That burns passionately in my heart, that the next job will really nail it. I'll really do it to perfection.
Bond was a glorious time for me. I have nothing but gratitude for having played such a role. And Daniel is magnificent.
You had a Cary Grant style to your Bond. Craig's Bond is more muscular.
He's a very hard man. Daniel gives 150 percent of himself to it constantly, both physically and emotionally. He's a Bond for this age and this time.
How does that differ from your Bond?
Once I saw Matt Damon come onto the stage with "The Bourne Identity," I could see that the stakes had been upped. My era of playing Bond was still a cross-pollination of Sean Connery and Roger Moore. They hadn't made that leap into the next phase: the huge action, and a more brutal Bond.
Watching "Skyfall," how did M's death affect you?
I would have loved to have held her in my arms myself. I would have loved to have played that scene with her. But it was not meant to be for me. It was Daniel's moment and his time.
Dame Judy [Dench] is such a magnificent lady in every sense of the word: as a human being and as an actress. Her presence on stage and screen is so magnetic. Her graciousness in life is so beautiful. So there you go. Sic transit gloria mundi.
Thus passes the glory of the world.
Tell me about your world, now, post Bond: why did you take the role of the world-weary widower in "Love Is All You Need?" It's a Danish production, but it's predominantly in English.