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Ranking The Pierce Brosnan James Bond Films

Ah, the Brosnan era of the James Bond franchise! A blend of suave tradition and modern grit. Pierce Brosnan's Bond was a bridge between the Cold War spy of old and the new-age secret agent navigating a changed geopolitical landscape.

Here's my own personal ranking, from best to not-quite-best, of the four movies Brosnan starred in (and I do wish there were more)...

GoldenEye (1995)

Bond’s Return to Glory! After a six-year hiatus, Bond was back with a bang. Directed by Martin Campbell, this was Brosnan's electrifying debut. 007 squared off against a rogue MI6 agent in a narrative infused with post-Cold War trepidation. Released on November 17, 1995, it pocketed $106.4 million in the US and an impressive $356 million globally. Tina Turner's sultry vocals on the title track, composed by U2's Bono and The Edge, added sizzle. Behind the scenes, a considerable chunk of the film was shot in Puerto Rico, doubling for Cuba. Empire gushed, "Brosnan's Bond revitalises a franchise thought to be outdated."

The World Is Not Enough (1999)

Michael Apted helmed this journey into the world of oil, nuclear weapons, and betrayal. Bond took on Renard, a man who felt no pain. Released on November 19, 1999, it garnered $126.9 million in the US and $361.8 million worldwide. The title song by Garbage is remembered fondly. Apted, known for the 'Up' documentary series, brought a deeper emotional layer to this outing, particularly in Bond's relationship with Elektra King. Brosnan himself noted in a BBC interview, "This one had more depth, more soul."

Die Another Day (2002)

20 years of Brosnan as Bond, and what an anniversary it was. Directed by Lee Tamahori, Bond grappled with themes of betrayal, imprisonment, and personal vendettas. Invisible cars, space lasers, and Halle Berry as Jinx added glamour. Released on November 22, 2002, it raked in $160.9 million in the US and a whopping $431.9 million globally. Madonna's techno-infused title track polarized fans. Anecdote alert: Brosnan and Berry shared a Guinness World Record for the most cinematic open-mouthed kisses in this film! The Guardian remarked, "Brosnan, with an edge of weary anger, gives his best Bond performance yet."

Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)

Media moguls and global domination took center stage in this Roger Spottiswoode-directed romp. Here, Bond matched wits with Elliot Carver, a man set on triggering World War III for broadcasting rights. Released on December 19, 1997, it secured $125.3 million domestically and $339.5 million globally. Sheryl Crow's title song hit the right chords, while Michelle Yeoh's Wai Lin showcased Bond's equal in every sense. One tidbit: the motorbike chase in Saigon was one of the most challenging stunts, requiring months of planning. As Screen Rant put it, "Brosnan's charm and the modern touch of media manipulation make this a Bond to remember."

In summation, Pierce Brosnan's Bond was a product of the '90s and early '00s. A man in a tailored suit with a taste for martinis, yet equally comfortable with cutting-edge tech. From Cold War relics to media magnates, Brosnan's Bond faced threats that resonated with the zeitgeist of the era. He brought an effortless charisma, capturing the essence of Ian Fleming's spy for a new generation. While every fan has their favorite Bond, and every era its distinctive flavor, Brosnan's Bond holds a unique space – a bridge between the old world's elegance and the relentless pace of the new millennium.

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