New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
“GoldenEye” does have the best Bond script in a long time, which is good news for Brosnan. Back in 1986, Brosnan was hired to wear 007’s Walther PPK for the film “The Living Daylights.” When Brosnan became the new James Bond, NBC revived the then-canceled show “Remington Steele” to cash in on his good fortune. The result was that everybody lost. Brosnan missed his opportunity to play 007, and the handful of new “Remington Steele” episodes soon disappeared.
Brosnan’s indignation at the time was understandable. A famous People magazine cover featured an angry Brosnan with the headline “Take this job and shove it.” Nine years later, his perspective has changed.
“I think the way the cards have fallen has been absolutely perfect in many respects," he says, reflecting on the whole debacle. “I don’t think that I was equipped to do it in ’86. I remember the script sat beside my bed for those 60 days when the negotiations were going on and I was trying to get myself out of ‘Remington Steele’ to do the Bond. But I never read the script. I felt intimidated by it, if the truth be known.
“And there was a certain sense of relief, a secret sense of relief that it didn’t happen.”
When Brosnan’s replacement, Dalton, bowed out of the series, James Bond walked into his life for the second time. What had changed in Brosnan’s life to change his mind?
“This time around,” says Brosnan, “it just felt very right. When something happens for a second time in your life it carries a certain
‘Yes, of course we have AIDS. But Bond is Bond. He's sexist, completely.’
— Pierce Brosnan
significance. I couldn’t say ‘no’ to this role. It was like unfinished business in my life, and the timing felt good."
But what of criticisms that James Bond is passe and with the onslaught of AIDS, James Bond’s sexual promiscuity is politically incorrect?
“Yes, of course, we have AIDS.” answers Brosnan. “But Bond is Bond. He is a sexist, completely. If you don’t make him that you don’t have a Bond movie. And people want a Bond movie. That’s what turned people on in 1963 and ’64 with Sean Connery. Because the
guy was just so (g ) arrogant and
he just went through women like there was no tomorrow.
“That’s what turns guys on, and that’s what turns the women on. Whether they like it not. And if the women don’t like it, then don’t go and see the movie, don’t be in the theater.”
Brosnan appears to be relishing being James Bond, and his stock as a star has gone up thanks to role. His next film will be Barbara Streisand’s “The Mirror Has Two Faces." After that, it’s back to filming the 18th Bond next summer.
“I’m contracted to two more (Bonds) with an option for a fourth,” he explains.
In the meantime, he isn’t at all concerned about being typecast as the suave secret agent. Brosnan considers the notion, then opines, “It’s going to be the pictures I do between Bonds that will color my career. That will give me longevity when this franchise is over, whether it be three films, four films or six films.”
He shudders mockingly at the thought of how much physical hard work six Bond films would be.
“But I’m very aware of it, and some days I get very apprehensive about this. I will be stamped with this character for life. I will be the James Bond No. 5.
“But I will have a career.”
• Bom: In County Meath, Ireland, on May 16, 1953.
• Plays: James Bond in "GoldenEye." (After that, he’s slated for at least two more Bond roles.)
• As A Teen: Ran away with the circus as a fire-eater.
• Became Famous: On television's "Remington Steele."
• Has: Three children.
• Next Film: Barbra Streisand's "The Mirror Has Two Faces."
“The Hundred Secret Senses” by Amy Tan; Putnam; 358 pages;
Once again Amy Tan has trolled the waters of Chinese folklore and cultural barriers that separate loved ones to come up with a novel that is every bit as readable as “The Joy Luck Club” and “The Kitchen God’s Wife.”
The first-person narrator is Olivia Laguni, and her unrelenting nemesis from childhood on is her half-sister, Kwan Li. Although Kwan adores Olivia, she embarrasses the child in front of her friends and plagues her with endless questions:
“What M&M?” “What ching gum?” “Who this Popeye Sailor Man? Why one eye gone? He bandit?"
Most of the book Ukes place af
ter the girls are grown and Olivia is separated from her husband, Simon, a situation that distresses Kwan, who consUntly attempts schemes that she believes will result in their reconciliation.
The plot is varied and exciting enough to sUnd alone, but, as in her other novels, Tan addresses some greater questions along (.he way. She deals with an exotic and offbeat strain of sibling rivalry, and she also Uckles each girl’s feelings about her parents and, in particular, her mother.
But it is Kwan’s haunting predictions, her implemenUtion of the secret senses and her linking of the present with the past that cause this novel to shimmer with meaning — and to leave it in the reader’s
Amy Tan photo by Copley News Service
mind when the book has long been finished. Kwan is an unforgetUble character, and her story, as told by Tan, is truly magical.
— Glenda Winders
Copley News Service
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