Pierce Brosnan found playing James Bond to be mentally and physically challenging.
The Irish actor held the role between 1995-2002, starring as 007 in films GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day.
While Brosnan’s stint was met with much acclaim, in a new interview with The Guardian, he has recalled how he struggled with some aspects of the high-profile gig.
“It was a demanding role, physically and emotionally. I did a lot of wirework and fight sequences,” he told the publication. “Carrying myself as Bond was as much a mental as a physical thing. You have to hold the stage. You go in to win, full tilt to the finish line.”
Brosnan went on to speak about pressures associated with portraying the established character and reviving the franchise after a period of inactivity.
“The sceptics were out in full: the world felt there was no need for another James Bond,” the 65-year-old continued, revealing that he was originally offered the role for 1987’s The Living Daylights, though Timothy Dalton ended up taking up the part. “By the mid-’90s, the franchise had been dormant for six years. My take was a little bit of what (Sean Connery and Roger Moore) had brought to the role. I leant towards Sean’s style, but I couldn’t deny Roger because GoldenEye was in the tongue-in-cheek style people had become used to.”
Yet, perhaps the greatest issue Brosnan encountered was the cultural significance of playing the British spy.
“It was a great irony playing a British cultural icon as an Irishman… I had a quiet chuckle to myself,” the star smiled.