Here's my pics:
The World Is Not Enough: A decent director and a good script give Brosnan something to really work with here - and he rises to the occasion. Charming when he needs to be, ice cold when he has to be, Brosnan hits his personal best as Bond in TWINE. His ruthless point-blank killing of Electra is the kind of 007 moment no one thought Brosnan was capable of pulling off, and his scenes with M are the best since the heady days of Connery and Bernard Lee.
I'm not so sure about that white suit during the climax, though.
Die Another Day: Brosnan's in The Zone folks, even in a generally (meaning I only watch it often instead of a lot) disappointing Bond movie. I rate this second because if nothing else, "DAD" is a virtual strutfest for Brosnan. He's the epitome of confidence here, perhaps knowing full well that this is the kind of the movie an actor can get lost in. Thankfully, he's not - his scenes with M have their usual crackle ("You burned me") and Brosnan's reaction after being rebuffed by Miss Frost at Blades is priceless. He's the glue in this one, people...
Heck, he even makes Madonna look credible - and that takes skill, man.
GoldenEye: Brosnan's introduction as 007 is largely successful, if just a tad self conscious. That said, the script gives him and everyone around him plenty to work with. The scenes with M are excellent - Brosnan underplays here (and has a nice moment when he slams the empty bourbon glass on M's desk just hard enough...). He's also terrific in the scenes with Sean Bean, who knowingly throws Bond's habits and history back in his face. There are moments when Brosnan seems a bit too cheery - his exchange with Mishkin is a little too blase (though well written) but that's the sort of thing that calms down with time. And it did.
Tomorrow Never Dies: Brosnan's got his sea legs as Bond, but the film doesn't give him much to do except run, jump, drive, and shoot. The M scenes are flat - and though he has some nice moments and real chemistry with Michelle Yeoh, the movie moves too quickly for anything but action and reaction. Teri Hatcher seems oddly too young to have had any real history with Bond and that robs what little drama there is of it's credibility. Moments later, however, there is a nice moment when one of Carver's thugs tells Brosnan he has an urgent call...and Brosnan just slighly nods, understanding that he is about to be taken into a room and beaten up. It's underplayed beautifully. Wish there were more of moments like that.
Edited by scottright, 09 May 2006 - 09:31 PM.