Former Bond star Pierce Brosnan has shared his thoughts on the franchise’s latest installment, Spectre.
The Irish actor, who played Bond in four films released 1995 and 2002, praised the performance of his 007 successor Daniel Craig, but felt the film’s story could have been improved, and its running time could have been shortened.
“I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak – it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did,” Brosnan told HitFix.
Spectre currently holds a 63% approval rating on movie review aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes – a respectable score, but noticeably inferior to 2012’s Skyfall, which holds a 93% approval rating. Continuing his criticism of Spectre, Brosnan added: “[It’s] neither fish nor fowl. It’s neither Bond nor Bourne. Am I in a Bond movie? Not in a Bond movie?”
However, Brosnan went on to give franchise star Daniel Craig a glowing review, saying: “But Daniel, in the fourth go-round, has ownership of it. He had a nice looseness to him. He’s a mighty warrior, and I think he found a great sense of himself in this one with the one-liners and a nice playfulness there. Just get a tighter story, and he’ll have another classic.”
Spectre was released in the UK on October 26 and then in the US on November 6. Though the film scored a record-breaking debut in the UK, its performance in the US has been slightly less impressive, with its opening weekend falling short of Skyfall‘s in 2012. To date, Spectre has raked in over $540m (£355m) at box offices worldwide, but industry insiders have predicted that it will need to pass $650m (£430m) to break even because of its huge production and marketing budget.
By Nick Levine