Quentin Tarantino’s desire to take over the 007 spy franchise is a well-worn Hollywood legend. But as he took part in a GoldenEye watch party with Esquire magazine from his home in Hawaii, Pierce Brosnan revealed more about the original meeting between the two in the early 2000s.
Tarantino tried to acquire the rights to Casino Royale and envisioned an adventure that would be shot in black and white set in the ‘50s and ‘60s.
The project was deemed “unfilmable,” but Brosnan shed more light on that first meeting.
“It was after Kill Bill Vol. 2, and he wanted to meet me, so I went up to Hollywood one day from the beach, and I met him at the Four Seasons,” Brosnan said. “I got there at 7 p.m., I like to be punctual. 7:15 came around, no Quentin, he was upstairs doing press. Someone sent over a martini, so I had a martini, and I waited till 7:30, and I thought, where the heck is he? Word came down, apologies, so I thought, OK, I’ll have another martini.”
Eventually, Tarantino made his way to the bar and the pair continued their night of revelry.
“He was pounding the table, saying, ‘You’re the best James Bond, I wanna do James Bond,’ and it was very close quarters in the restaurant and I thought, please calm down, but we don’t tell Quentin Tarantino to calm down,” Brosnan recalled.
He took the idea to the Bond brain trust, Barbara Broccoli, who oversees the franchise with her half-brother Michael G. Wilson, but they declined.
“He wanted to do James Bond, and I went back to the shop and told them but it wasn’t mean to be,” Brosnan added. “No Quentin Tarantino for James Bond.”
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Brosnan’s fourth and final outing as the British superspy came with 2002’s Die Another Day. The franchise was rebooted in 2006 with Tarantino’s desired title of choice — Casino Royale — but with Daniel Craig in the starring role.
In a recent Variety profile, Broccoli and Wilson spoke about their decision to reboot the character with a new actor noting that the Bond films starring Brosnan had become too outlandish (the final film featured an invisible car and a giant space laser).
“We got too fantastical,” Wilson said. “We had to come back to Earth.”
“The world obviously had changed,” added Broccoli. “We’d had 9/11, and the stakes were higher, and we felt we needed a more realistic Bond.”
Craig will retire after the 25th 007 film, No Time to Die, due out in November and Brosnan was asked if he’d consider returning to the franchise.
“Would (I) return as a villain? If asked, yes! I believe so,” Brosnan teased.
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