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The name's Bond, James Bond.
~ James Bond's most famous quote.
I never miss.
~ James Bond.
Alec Trevelyan: For England, James.
James Bond: No, for me.
~ Alec Trevelyan and James Bond in GoldenEye.

Commander James Bond is the main protagonist of GoldenEye, Tommorow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough, and Die Another Day, being the fifth iteration of the character. An MI6 and 00 agent, Bond is tasked by the agency to stop terrorist threats across the globe.

He was portrayed by Pierce Brosnan, who also portrayed Thomas Crown in The Thomas Crown Affair. Timothy Bentinck voiced the character in the video game adaptation of The World Is Not Enough. Maxwell Caulfield, who voiced Brom in the 2005 video game, Eragon,voiced the character in the video game Nightfire.

Biography

Background

Not much is known about this iteration of Bond's background, but it can be assumed that much of his past history is correlated from the novels or previous iterations. According to Alec Trevelyan in GoldenEye, Bond's parents died during a climb accident, presumably leaving him an orphan. He would then join the Royal Navy, managing to reach the rank of commander and receiving the Order of the British Empire, Distinguished Service Cross, General Service Medal, United Nations Medal, and South Atlantic Medal. This implies that Bond served during the Falklands War in the 1980s, but would presumably leave or be transferred to MI6.

At the agency, Bond become one of their top spies and was given the title of "007", serving under "M" to stop terrorist threats against England and other countries. He would become friends with fellow 00 agent, Alec Trevelyan, and the two developed a close bond and would complete missions together.

GoldenEye

While infiltrating a Soviet facility with Alec, they set off the alarm which leads to General Arkady Ouromov capturing Trevelyan and shooting him. Bond manages to escape via a plane after setting the bombs for three minutes, having changed them from six minutes when Alec was shot. According to M's comments, Bond appeared to have remorse for failing to save Alec from Ouromov, and still felt the guilt years later. Nine years later, Bond follows Xenia Onatopp, a ex-Soviet pilot who is working for a crime syndicate called "Janus". After following her trail from killing an admiral on a yacht, Bond attempts to stop her from stealing a Tiger helicopter that is being presented. He is stopped by the guards, and returns to M where they learn that the syndicate stole "Goldeneye", which gives out an electric pulse that takes out all electromagnetic equipment in the area.

Bond then travels to Russia with the assistance of CIA agent Jack Wade, where he manages to persuade Valentine Zukovsky to get him to meet Janus. He then battles Onatopp, and forces her at gunpoint to take him to Janus' location, which is at a graveyard of Soviet statues. At the graveyard, Bond is greeted by Alec, revealing he faked his death and wants to get revenge against the British for having his family suffer for being Lienz Cossacks. He is knocked unconscious by a sleep dart, and is trapped into a helicopter along with computer programmer Natalya Simonova. The two managed to escape, but are arrested by the Russian military and are confronted by Dimitri Mishkin. Natalya reveals to Dimitri that General Ouromov was behind the massacre, but he is killed by the general with Bond's handgun. Bond escapes and tracks down Ouromov, Alec, and Onatopp with a Russian tank across the country, and manages to hold the three villains at gunpoint. Alec and Onatopp escape when Bond kills Ouromov, and with the help of Natalya, tracks down Alec's location to Cuba.

Bond begins a romantic relationship with Natalya, and the two travel to Cuba where Jack provides them with aircraft to reach their destination. The two are forced to crash land after a missile hits their wing, and Bond manages to kill Onatopp by having her be crushed with a tree from the cable of a helicopter. Afterward, Bond and Natalya infiltrate Janus' base and are captured by his henchmen, but James managed to plant explosives before being caught. Alec reveals that he is going to steal money from the British bank and other files before having Goldeneye erase the theft before its noticed. Natalya manages to re-aim the satellite and Boris Grishenko unknowingly activates Q's pen, causing an explosion. Bond then battles Alec for the final time, and lets him go after defeating him in combat. Bond then escapes from the facility with the assistance and Natalya, and the two leave Cuba with the marines Jack provided.

Behind the Scenes

In 1986, with Roger Moore's retirement from the role, Timothy Dalton was offered the role of James Bond once again after previously having turned it down when Sean Connery vacated the role in 1967. The 1986 film adaptation of Brenda Starr, however, kept Dalton from being able to immediately accept the role. A number of actors were then screen-tested for the role, notably Sam Neill, but ultimately were passed over by Cubby Broccoli. Brosnan (whose Remington Steele series had just ended), was offered the role, but publicity revived the Remington Steele programmer and forced Brosnan to back out of the role due to his contract with the show.

Dalton then became available and accepted the role. Dalton's second turn as 007 Licence to Kill (1989), was a disappointment at the American box office, and legal squabbles about ownership of the film franchise resulted in cancellation of a proposed third Dalton film in 1991 (rumoured title: The Property of a Lady) and would put the series in a six-year hiatus. During that time, Dalton acted upon a clause in his contract and resigned, which left the door open for Brosnan, in 1994.

Brosnan's appointment as Bond brought things full circle for the actor, who stated in interviews that the very first movie he ever saw was Goldfinger and that Sean Connery's performance as Bond inspired him to enter show business. Aware of the danger of being typecast as James Bond, Brosnan asked EON Productions, when accepting the role, to be allowed to work in other projects between Bond series films. The request was granted, and for every Bond series film, Brosnan appeared in at least two mainstream films, including several he had produced. Brosnan played a wide range of roles in-between his Bond film appearances, ranging from a nerdy scientist in Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! to Canadian conservationist Grey Owl, in the biopic of the same name.

Brosnan was signed for a four-film deal and first appeared as agent 007 in 1995's GoldenEye to much critical praise. GoldenEye more than doubled the gross of Dalton's previous film in worldwide ticket box office sales. Pierce returned as Bond in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies and 1999's The World Is Not Enough to virtually the same success. In 2002 Brosnan appeared for his fourth and final time as the super suave secret agent in Die Another Day; while controversial to fans as being perhaps one of the weaker entries in the series, the movie shattered all previous Bond films in terms of worldwide box office gross and is currently the highest grossing Bond film ever (excluding inflation).

In early 2004, Brosnan starred in the James Bond video game Everything or Nothing, generously allowing his likeness to be used as well as doing the voice work for the character.

Shortly after, the media began questioning whether or not Brosnan would reprise the role for a fifth and final time. Brosnan kept in mind that aficionados and critics both were unhappy with Moore playing the role well into his 50s, but he received popular support from both critics and the franchise fanbase for a fifth. For this reason, he remained enthusiastic about reprising his role after his initial contract expired, despite earlier reservations about doing so. Throughout 2004, Brosnan was rumoured numerous times to have been "fired" from the role to make way for a new and younger actor. This was denied by MGM, EON Productions, and even Brosnan himself.

In October 2004, however, Brosnan had been quoted as saying "it's absolutely over" and that he considered himself fired from the role. Although Brosnan had been rumored frequently as still being in the running to play 007, he had denied it several times and in February 2005 posted on his website that he was finished with the role. In spite of this, rumours continued to circulate that he was in negotiations with the producers up until Daniel Craig was signed and announced on October 14, 2005. After the announcement of Craig as the next 007, Brosnan's Bond wax figures at all Madame Tussauds — including London, New York City, and Las Vegas — were removed.

Brosnan was the first James Bond actor to be born after the April 13, 1953 publication of the first Bond novel, Casino Royale.

Appearances

  • GoldenEye (1995)
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
  • The World is Not Enough (1999)
  • Die Another Day (2002)

Quotes

What, no small talk? No chit-chat? That's the trouble with the world today, no-one takes the time to do a really sinister interrogation anymore.
~ Bond to Dimitri Mishkin.
You forgot the first rule of mass media, Elliot! Give the people what they want!
~ Bond to Elliot Carver before the latter's demise.
I usually hate killing an unarmed man. Cold-blooded murder is a filthy business... but in your case, I feel nothing. Just like you.
~ Bond to Renard.

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Trivia

  • Brosnan's first wife, Cassandra, always told him that she would like to see him play Bond rather than just be an assistant on the films, but she died of cancer before this could become a reality. Brosnan accepted the role of James Bond as a tribute to her.

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