This summer Pierce Brosnan indulges nostalgists. He unveils a list of great movie quotes on CBS, and his show Remington Steele hits DVD stores in July.
Forget Clark Gable--what's the best line you've delivered?
"Do you want to dance, or do you want to dance?" from The Thomas Crown Affair. It has sentimental value for me since I produced the movie and it didn't fall on its face. There were many in the Bond movies, but most of them were embarrassing to say.
There have been so many. I can't remember.
Congratulations on your recent U.S. citizenship. Why did you make it official?
I wanted a vote. After 23 years, three American sons, an American wife, I wanted to be able to have a voice.
Your résumé lists fire eating as a skill. Has that helped you in Hollywood?
Sure. I used it on the Muppets once.
How do you feel saying goodbye to Bond?
A great sense of achievement, that a generation was introduced to Bond through my tenure. I feel liberation from it too. Creatively there are people who see you as more of a hindrance [to a movie] because you're Bond. And a disappointment in the way it was handled--to be invited back and then uninvited back. But that's the way it goes down. I've said more than enough.
Who should get the next license to kill?
Clive Owen would be a fantastic James Bond. Any man who does it will have to weigh his odds--whether he can get in and get out.
Have you watched Remington Steele recently?
Only because I had to. It was shocking. How did I get away with it?