After 6 years since Licence To Kill, Pierce Brosnan stepped into the spotlight as the new James Bond in Goldeneye in 1995.
Brosnan was actually considered to play the part of James Bond for The Living Daylights in 1987, but was tied into a contract to play Remington Steele in the TV series of the same name, which he had been doing now for some time. After the passing away of his wife Cassandra Harris (who incidentally played Countess Lisl in For Your Eyes Only) in late 1991, Pierce Brosnan took a break from filming for a while before appearing in a few films and then took the role of James Bond in Goldeneye in 1995.
In 1995 the Bond phenomenon was quite unstable after the 6-year gap, with a waiving interest in the series. However Pierce Brosnan makes an explosive entrance in the role by making Goldeneye steal the title of "All-Time Biggest Grossing Bond Film" from Moonraker, which it had been holding it for 16 years. This title would be stripped from Goldeneye only 4 years later by The World Is Not Enough, with Die Another Day smashing all Bond box office records 3 years later.
Perhaps the success of the Pierce Brosnan films is the fact that critics and audiences see him as one of the best Bond's since Sean Connery. Even though Connery's era ended in 1971, every James Bond is still compared to him, the very first James Bond. Pierce Brosnan continues to star in many non-Bond film roles eager to show like Connery that he is not limited to just playing James Bond. Pierce Brosnan currently lives in Malibu, California, with his wife Keely Shaye Smith.
With the launch of Goldeneye, audiences got a glimpse at the new James Bond, Pierce Brosnan. His portrayal of the character is indeed similar to that played by Sean Connery, he's smooth, one with the ladies, relaxed and has a witty comment for nearly every occasion. Brosnan like Connery also seems to have the "darker" side to the character that is seen more in The World Is Not Enough, which adds more depth and scope to the character.
Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day have all seen Pierce Brosnanís portrayal of James Bond go through various changes. Brosnanís Bond has developed into a more complex character, showing darker streaks to the character as well as being more vulnerable proving he is not invincible. This is especially true in Die Another Day when Bond is captured in Korea. How ever Pierce Brosnanís character develops, hopefully he will once more strap on his tuxedo and don his Walther as he plays Bond, James Bond. ß