Bond franchise has lost its humour: Pierce Brosnan

Los Angeles: Actor Pierce Brosnan has criticised the recent James Bond films, saying they lacked humour.

The 65-year-old actor, who starred as the iconic British spy in four films between 1995 and 2002, said the franchise, now being led by Daniel Craig, stopped having fun as it faced competition from the Bourne action movies, fronted Matt Damon.

“I knew there had been a seismic shift (with films like The Bourne Identity), and little did I know I was going to be part of that in the curtain falling on my contract. I knew they had to make adjustments. They had strong competition and they haven’t reinvented it, but given it a much more muscular, dynamic twist,” Brosnan told Rake magazine.

“When I played him (Bond), you have to let the audience in that this is a fantastic joke. What I am doing here, jumping off a motorcycle and catching up a plane, is completely preposterous. But for me you had to let them in,” added the veteran actor. “That’s what I was brought up with. Sean (Connery) did it, Roger (Moore) did it par excellence.”

The franchise will be getting a new face to lead after Craig bows out with one more film scheduled to release next year. It was recently reported that Idris Elba might replace Daniel Craig as Bond in the upcoming films.

The London-born actor has been linked with the coveted role over recent years and movie boss Barbara Broccoli has reportedly told “it is time” for a non-white star to play 007.
Director Antoine Fuqua said Barbara feels the moment has arrived for an ethnic minority actor to play Bond, adding that it will “happen eventually”.

He said: “Idris could do it if he was in shape. You need a guy with physically strong presence. Idris has that.”