Pierce Brosnan wasn’t the only actor considered to don the 007 tux as James Bond for Goldeneye. As the world awaits the arrival of Daniel Craig’s final appearance as Ian Fleming’s James Bond 007 in No Time To Die, 2020 also marks the 25th Anniversary of Brosnan’s first outing as the MI6 agent. But before Brosnan took on the role, a list of other well-known candidates was considered.
GoldenEye came to the screens six years after the last James Bond installment, Timothy Dalton’s second and last appearance as Bond. Six years would pass before Bond would return to the screen, due to a lot of legal disputes getting in the way of development. With the Cold War also coming to an end, producers were faced with the challenge of reintroducing Bond to a much-changed world. Dalton officially stated that he wasn’t going to return to the role as pre-production began gearing up in 1994. Sharon Stone was considered as a female Bond, but ultimately it came down to a series of screen tests with ten actors, Pierce Brosnan amongst them. Brosnan had come close to landing the role when Dalton took over from Roger Moore, but his contract with TV show Remington Steele prevented him from taking it on. Despite this fact, the Bond producers still wanted to explore their options.
Full article at Screen Rant, originally published April 30th 2020.