The GQ Guide to James Bond: Goldeneye BY MAX WILLIAMS 14 SEPTEMBER 15
A triumphant film that reinvigorated the franchise long before anybody had heard of Daniel Craig. While it isn't as revolutionary as Casino Royale - indeed Goldeneye makes a point of ticking every box imaginable - the massive box office and postive reviews ensured James Bond returned in style. Nowadays the accompanying console game is almost as famous as the film; however this outing, probably the best of Pierce Brosnan's four films, certainly deserves much acclaim.
A clever plot - Bond faces his former friend and fellow 00, Alec Trevelyan - some inspired stunts, notably the tank chase through St Petersburg, and the sheer thrill of being back in business after a six year gap, makes Goldeneye a blast. Judi Dench debuts as M and immediately makes the role her own; Pierce Brosnan, meanwhile, proves an inspired choice as Bond - sleeker and sharper than anyone since early Connery. Special mention for the deadly Xenia Onatopp: one of the wackiest characters of a series that gave us Nick Nack and Jaws.
The Girl - Natalya Simonova (Izabella Scorupco)
After fighter pilots, cellists, and smuggler Queens, a computer programmer isn't the most exciting profession for a Bond girl. Never mind: the feisty Natalya proves a worthy love interest, frequently bemoaning Bond's cavalier approach to safety. "What is it with you and moving vehicles?" she asks after yet another explosion. Her survival of the Severnaya massacre gives Natalya a personal stake in the action, and ultimately she is the one who destroys the Goldeneye satellite. Unfortunately for Natalya, she is slightly overshadowed by the manic Xenia Onatopp: the crazy Russian femme fatale who enjoys strangling men between her thighs.
The Villain - Alec Trevelyan (Sean Bean)
The ultimate Bond-gone-bad; a former 00 agent now intent on destroying the British economy with the Goldeneye satellite. The extent of Bond and Alec's friendship is never entirely clear; were they colleagues who got on well or bosom buddies out on the pull every night? Thus Alec's betrayal, while an ingenious move by the writers, lacks true emotional impact. Still, his reveal to Bond is a great encounter, while the bullet train makes a suitable ominous hideout. Their final battle is one of the great climaxes of the series, with perhaps the greatest payoff line: "For England, James?" "No. For me." And down goes Alec. One minor quibble: you'd think a former colleague of Bond would understand the importance of shooting him when you have the chance.
The Car: BMW Z3
Although equipped with the usual tricks - missiles, parachute, ejector seat - the BMW never sees action in the field. Bond drives it around Cuba but, for once, people don't try and kill him. The tank is the main chase of the film: fun and ludicrous, it's a great sequence.
The Gadget: Exploding Pen
Not a good weapon for the absent-minded - how easy would it be to lose track of clicks? Still, the simplicity of the gadget ensures its celebrity status - it even got a namecheck in Skyfall.
The Song: Goldeneye by Tina Turner
A strong, confident title number, reminiscent of Bond tracks of old. Snarled by the considerable voice of Tina Turner, the song sounds the part and knows it.
"I think you're a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. A relic of the Cold War…" M lays down the law to 007. Don't mess.
After the stiff Timothy Dalton, the series once again has a Bond who looks comfortable dressed up or down. He wears this linen suit by Brioni very well, accessorising with a shirt from Sulka and Persol sunglasses. Brosnan has a lovely, relaxed elegance that epitomises suave. Even though he never quite hit the Goldeneye heights again, the importance of Brosnan's contribution to the series cannot be overstated.
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Pierce Brosnan: 'I never thought of James Bond as a sexist' By Ali Plumb Thursday, Sep 24 2015, 12:20pm EDT
Earlier this month, Daniel Craig spoke out about his interpretation of 007, saying that his Bond "is not as sexist and misogynistic as [earlier incarnations]". Well, Pierce Brosnan doesn't think James Bond is a sexist. So there.
"I never thought of him like that," says Brosnan, speaking exclusively to Digital Spy. "I saw him as a solitary, enigmatic character."
But he does agree with Craig on the "very f**king lonely, great sadness" front - to an extent:
"I saw him as a fellow who carries a certain amount of pain and angst. Deep down as someone who's quite troubled, and solitary - [though] Ian Fleming really doesn't give you a lot to hang your hat on.
"There's a lovely sequence in [novel Casino Royale] where Bond is on a flight to Amsterdam and there is terrible turbulence and he's shaking in his shoes, from turbulence. 'The drink, the drink, give me the drink'."
Back in 1995's GoldenEye, the issue of Bond being sexist was approached head on, with Judi Dench's M calling him a "sexist, misogynist dinosaur", but Brosnan just thought of it as a "witty line".
"It was for the reintroduction of Bond, having been dormant for six years, a good line to be delivered by Dame Judi: funny and telling. But you try to play within the lines and within the stillness of the character - that's where hopefully you see something of him. The rest is phonetic and kinetic and dynamic and... fun."
This leads on to what Brosnan feels is another key ingredient of what makes Bond Bond: the humor.
"There's an element of campness to it, which you have to address somehow. When you look at what Connery did, then what Roger did... I mean Roger went completely the other way and it was hysterical, and it was really funny. I loved his Bond.
"It was a bold move, and Roger acquitted himself dearly and grandly and fondly for seven movies. But you have to have the humor."
Take note, Craig: there had better be a scene in Spectre where 007 skis on someone's lunch and/or dresses up as a clown.
Spectre is out in the UK on October 26, while Brosnan's latest - rom-com Lessons In Love - is out this Friday, September 24, in cinemas and on demand.
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Pierce Brosnan has said he may be over 60 but he can still throw a punch and he is not ready to retire from action just yet.
The former James Bond star revealed he is planning a sequel to his 2014 film The November Man, in which he played an ex-CIA man who found himself pulled out of retirement for a special mission.
Pierce said: “I’m 62 years of age and so you just have to be aware that unless you’re really physically fit you can damage yourself pretty fast in these pieces. So there will come a slower time, yes.
“I’m aware of my physicality as a man, as an actor and you can only do action movies for so long, and then it’s time to bow out gracefully and let younger men do it.
“But I think I can still run, I can still throw a punch, it remains to be seen…”
He added: “We are going to try and do a November Man 2. I got away with the last one and I think this next one, if everything goes to plan, will up the ante a little bit more, give it a bit of a sheen and just juice it up a little bit more.”
Pierce stars alongside Salma Hayek and Jessica Alba in new romantic comedy Lessons In Love, which also stars 72-year-old Malcolm McDowell as his father.
The Mamma Mia! star said: “Malcolm was a kick in the pants! He’s actually as charming and reverent and naughty and as bold as the day he was born. He is a unique talent, from the landscape of thespians. I was very, very proud to work with him, that he wanted to work with me was an utter joy.
“I did say, ‘Listen you’re too young to be my father, this is crazy! But I don’t care, if you want to do it, do it.’ And that’s what happened.”
Last Edit: Sept 25, 2015 19:35:45 GMT -5 by eaz35173
The Thomas Crown Affair: Date Night in a Midnight Blue Suit
Posted on 12 October 2015
Pierce Brosnan wears a large variety of suits from Milanese tailor Gianni Campagna as Thomas Crown in his 1999 film The Thomas Crown Affair. The Campagna suits cost $3,400 each at the time, and they are made of Super 150s wool. For a date with insurance investigator Catherine Banning (Rene Russo) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Cipriani, Crown wears a midnight blue suit. Midnight blue is ordinarily reserved for dinner suits, but the ultra dark shade of blue is also the perfect colour for a suit worn for a less formal evening out.
The suit jacket buttons three, and the lapels roll gently over the top button. It is cut with a clean chest and has straight shoulders with roped sleeveheads. The jacket has double vents, straight pockets with flaps and four buttons on the cuffs. When Banning is cold at the museum, Crown gentlemanly removes his jacket and places it over her shoulders. The suit trousers are belted and have double reverse pleats and tapered legs.
Crown’s french blue poplin shirt from Turnbull & Asser has a spread collar, double cuffs with the link holes close to the fold, a narrow front placket and shoulder pleats in back. The shirt has gauntlet buttons on the sleeves, which means that if it is a ready to wear shirt it is made of Sea Island cotton since those are the only shirts Turnbull & Asser adorns with gauntlet buttons. The royal blue silk tie—likely in a satin weave—is a bit darker than the shirt. In the late 1990s it was fashionable to wear ties that were close to or matching the colour of the shirt, but there is a good amount of contrast in this outfit for a tasteful shirt and tie combination. Crown ties the tie in a four-in-hand knot with a dimple. With the suit, Crown wears black oxfords and a black belt.
I wouldn't agree he was Moore 2.0. Just because he could tell a joke doesn't mean he was very similar to Moore. Don't get me wrong I love Moore as Bond I just don't think its fair to say that anyone was just another *insert the name*. I do agree with the notion that the script demanded of him everything and that they weren't really confident in which dorection to go(that is most appearent in TWINE). But he was perfectly humorous or serious as the script demanded. Maybe he never lived up to his full potential as Bond because of the problems some of the scripts had but I think performance was always fairly spot on. Also,he was always the most natural choice for Bond. Like one friend of mine said:"Even though I adore Connery as an actor and Bond the best for me is Brosnan because every time I see him I just think:"Look,it's James Bond!" And if someone doubts in his believability as a killer if that beggining of TWINE or killing of Elektra in the latter part of the film or kiling of Kaufmann doesn't convince you... In the end,he will always be my favourite because he is the one that introduced me to Bond,such an iconic character. And I can not help myself,but every time someone says Bond I will think "Brosnan" first.
PIERCE BROSNAN WAS ALREADY AN EX-BOND WHEN I PHOTOGRAPHED HIM, joining Connery, Moore, Lazenby and Dalton in rather select ranks. Daniel Craig's debut as Bond in Casino Royale would be announced a month after I took these photos, so for all intents and purposes Brosnan was still James Bond in the eyes of the public.
He was already moving past the role with films like Matador, the movie he was promoting at the film festival where I shot him - a comedy thriller where Brosnan plays a dodgy hit man past his prime. Wisely, Brosnan had decided to use his undersung talent for comedy to subvert the Bond typecasting. It would end up working, giving his career the reboot that neither Roger Moore nor Timothy Dalton were able to manage.
I photographed Brosnan on the courtyard patio at the Hotel Intercontinental on Bloor - the major festival press venue at the time. He had just finished doing an interview with Xtra!, the city's biweekly gay magazine, when he sat down at our table. Chris, the writer, asked him how it had gone.
"Oh, you know, cocks, cocks, cocks! Ass, ass ass!" Brosnan said ruefully.
Pierce Brosnan, Toronto, Sept. 15, 2005
This set the tone for the interview and photo shoot that followed, as Brosnan smirked and wise-cracked his way through the afternoon, with no intention whatsoever of treating a round of festival press with any of the dignity it probably didn't deserve.
Brosnan had no interest in smoldering or looking dashing for my camera, so the shoot was a distracted one, as my subject chatted with Chris and the publicist while I worked, or idly scanned the other tables in the restaurant, occasionally looking toward my lens but never focusing on it. I don't resent him for it; his priority at that point in his career was to leave James Bond behind, so he didn't want to give the press any more suave headshots that would echo the hundreds he'd posed for since Remington Steele.
The Intercontinental courtyard was an unforgiving setting for portrait shoots, between the clutter of chairs and tables and potted plants, and the indifferent light at the bottom of four tall hotel walls. Overcoming it required roughly equal effort from both the photographer and the subject, but that didn't happen here, and so I ended up with what amounts to little more than a set of overworked snapshots.
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GoldenEye's 20th anniversary - Pierce Brosnan on his first Bond film: "You walk into the history books" The fifth Bond on exploding pens and being invincible.
That sound you can hear is time flying by (wearing a Union Jack parachute, presumably). Yes, it's true: classic Bond movie GoldenEye has just turned 20 years old. In honour of this milestone, we spoke to Pierce Brosnan about his memories of filming what has become, for many, their favourite Bond film.
So without any further ado, here's our interview with the 63-year-old charmer, covering everything from exploding pens to that walk...
It's 20 years since GoldenEye. How does that make you feel? "Oh shit. Oh my god, it was all going so well until you said 20 years. Oh Jesus. Well, you know, time goes with the speed of a flame, grows under pressure, my liege." Do you still not click a pen three times? "Click a pen three times? Well, yes, of course I click a pen three times, 'I am invincible!' I'm staggered actually, to tell you the truth, that you've said that. I'm trying to find words to engage with what you've told me.
"Listen, it's been a good time - I'm still employed, I still love to act, I'm still at the table, I'm still working. So in that regard, I'm a very happy man.
"I love doing my bit of acting, and I'm painting more and trying to have an exhibit. So the acting - I can't say I've got it down, you never have it down - but luckily, I still have employment." Have you seen the mash-up video where you're the star of the Spectre?
"Oh yes, I thoroughly enjoyed that. I thought it was a real kick in the pants. I saw it on my iPhone and I was in a hotel somewhere, on my travels, and I thought, 'What is this?'
"I viewed it and I took it as a delightful comment on my work as an actor and just revelled in it. It was a lovely little tribute to the world I'd made. But there is only one Bond, and that's Daniel Craig, so there you have it. But it was a kick in the pants." What are your memories of shooting the extended trailer footage, where the world saw you as James Bond for the first time? "We shot it at Pinewood. You're stepping into your own history and the history of a character that is so loved, but you try and keep it as simple as possible and as direct as possible. You have to get out of the way of yourself - not an easy thing to do.
"The space was massive... colossal, even, this white room taking up a whole sound stage. There's a certain loneliness to walking across a white, empty stage and into the history books.
"Especially having first seen Bond as a young boy, aged 11, watching Goldfinger, and now here you are with GoldenEye.
"I took sanctuary and refuge in the title - that there was a good omen in the words 'gold' and 'golden': Goldfinger, GoldenEye. There's some blessing there.
"It was a long walk across the stage, and a long walk to get the posture right. Because as you're turning and shooting a gun right at the camera, well, one wrong twist of the silhouette and you look like you're taking a crap.
"Honestly, it doesn't look good. In fact, it looks like you've got haemorrhoids or something like that. 'Sorry, we'll go again shall we?' 'Less haemorrhoid-y Pierce!' Trust me, that walk is a funny one to do."
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I am sensitive and that’s okay…oh and there was Pierce Brosnan! Dec 1, 2015
This blogpost was prompted by being in the same room as Pierce Brosnan at the Ai Weiwei exhibition in London… I stood there like a bunny in headlights next to him, mouth open and averting his possible (though not likely:)) gaze. I noticed I had a lot going on in my mind: a cascade of possibilities and questions.
“Should I smile, say hello?
Oh my fraggle-hair needs attention. Look at the shaggy jumper I am wearing…
Oh my, he is a handsome silver fox… Is he trying to blend in, or is he happy to have attention? He seems to be unoticed by the attendees. Does he care about that?
Wow, he is taller than I thought..His clothes look expensive….
Oh, silly, he won’t care how I look anyway…but I care….
Will he feel annoyed if I ask for a photograph…oh I cannot even look him in the eye…
just a Hi…just a smile…but what would he think? What could I say? ”
and it went on…
This all unfolded within seconds. The end result was me frozen like a bunny in headlights simply admiring him from a safe distance as he slowly disappeared from view.
Now, I could argue that I am just shy or overly anxious and allow the onslaught of self criticism to permeate my brain as I rehearse a much better response (hours after the event).
I recall being the same when I briefly attempted to speak to Brené Brown at a book signing event.
Yada, yada, yada ... (she has more things to say about being sensitive here)
So what’s my thoughts about Pierce Brosnan ?
I think, that within those few seconds, I was processing my own thoughts and also picking up on his energy. I think that to admire him from a distance was the kindest thing I could have done for both our sakes. I feel, on this particular day, he was just a father enjoying some interesting art with his children in London. Being sensitive allowed me to pick up on that energy, combined with my intuition and discern the best action in that moment: to swoon from a distance and observe for a moment.
Last Edit: Dec 1, 2015 13:04:25 GMT -5 by eaz35173