Brosnan goes anti-Bond to open 2005 Deauville

5th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

DEAUVILLE, France, Sept 3 (AFP) - Pierce Brosnan holds on to his licence to kill but firmly shucks off his former James Bond elegance in his latest film, 'The Matador', which opened the Deauville Festival of American Film in France on Friday.

DEAUVILLE, France, Sept 3 (AFP) - Pierce Brosnan holds on to his licence to kill but firmly shucks off his former James Bond elegance in his latest film, 'The Matador', which opened the Deauville Festival of American Film in France on Friday.

The movie kicked off 10 days of screenings.

The Irish actor, sporting a grey beard, told the VIP crowd that his role as a cynical, alcohol-sodden hit-man in the movie "is completely different from what I've done before" and labelled the feature "a very subversive film".

Brosnan, 53, not only stars in the production, he also co-produced it through his Irish Dream Time company.

It marks another step away from his 007 days that made him famous the world over.

The owners of the Bond franchise are currently working through a short-list of younger actors to find a replacement superspy for the next instalment, 'Casino Royale', after Brosnan refused to come back for a fifth outing.

Instead, his 'Matador', though a professional assassin and womanizer like Bond, is a very different man in other ways: he's lonely, he's old, his conscience is haunting him -- and he's losing his touch.

So he turns to an inoffensive businessman (Greg Kinnear) he meets in a bar one night and decides to make him his best friend to fill the void in his life.

More so than in his Bond movies, he plays it all for laughs, even at one point scoffing sardonically when his new friend, trying to guess his job, asks whether he's a spy.

"You've been reading too many novels," replies Brosnan, squinting the eyes that audiences have associated with a certain British secret agent since 1995.

"The character is bit anti-James Bond," explained one of the co-producers, Bryan Furst.

The director, Richard Shepard, said he was overjoyed to get Brosnan to star, because "I really thought there was a part of him we've never seen before."

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news, Living in France

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