Legacies and Film Franchises


I have to confess that I have almost no interest in seeing a James Bond film unless it's for free and unless I have nothing else to do. I feel that way about a lot of things and I suppose I can work up enough concern to talk about this:
Pierce Brosnan has likened his departure from the Bond franchise to being "kicked to the kerb".
The Irish actor starred as 007 in four films released between 1995 and 2002, beginning with Goldeneye and culminating with Die Another Day, then the highest-grossing Bond film ever.
Though Brosnan was keen to return for a fifth outing, the franchise's longtime producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli ultimately decided to take Bond in a new, edgier direction.
Pierce Brosnan is correct when he expresses outrage as to how the owners of the James Bond franchise treated him. It was shabby, but predictable. Virtually all of the actors were hired because of money and not much else. Hollywood's A-list of actors--Carey Grant and Richard Burton among many--would have required more money than Albert Broccoli was willing to spend.

And that's the thing of it--you're never going to get the actor you want. You're going to see the actor who agrees to do it for the money they're willing to spend.