Pierce Brosnan was dropped from playing James Bond because he demanded $42 million to reprise his role as the super spy for a fifth time.
Producers balked at the demand and axed the 51-year-old Irishman–in favor of finding a new 007 for the upcoming 21st Bond blockbuster Casino Royale.
Brosnan has spoken of being “surprised, disappointed and saddened” that Die Another Day, which grossed $456 million will be his last outing as 007–but claims his wage “was an honest fee in terms of how much blood, sweat and tears I put into the role”.
But industry magazine Variety‘s editor-in-chief Peter Bart says Brosnan “priced himself out of the market” with a reported “compensation package” that “would total north of $40 million”.
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