Over the course of his filmmaking career, Quentin Tarantino has only really worked with original films based on his own writing (and, of course, his various film influences). But he has yet to do a franchise film. Sure, he’s teased the possibility of “Star Trek,” but that doesn’t seem likely. However, it’s obvious that Tarantino is a huge film buff and loves all genres. And according to one James Bond actor, the filmmaker’s love extends to super spies, as well.
Opening up during a “GoldenEye” watchalong (via EsquireUK), Pierce Brosnan explained a time when he met with Quentin Tarantino about the possibility of collaborating on a James Bond film. Obviously, we all know that it never happened and Brosnan would eventually pass the torch to Daniel Craig. However, even with no collaboration, the meeting between Brosnan and the “Pulp Fiction” director appears to be one that the actor won’t ever forget.
“It was after ‘Kill Bill Vol. 2,’ and he wanted to meet me, so I went up to Hollywood one day from the beach, and I met him at the Four Seasons,” Brosnan said. “I got there at 7pm, I like to be punctual. 7:15 came around, no Quentin, he was upstairs doing press. Someone sent over a martini, so I had a martini, and I waited till 7:30, and I thought, where the heck is he? Word came down, apologies, so I thought, okay, I’ll have another martini.”
Eventually, the actor said that Tarantino did show up. After a few more martinis, Brosnan said both men were “fairly smokered.”
“He was pounding the table, saying you’re the best James Bond, I wanna do James Bond, and it was very close quarters in the restaurant and I thought, please calm down, but we don’t tell Quentin Tarantino to calm down,” said the actor. “He wanted to do James Bond, and I went back to the shop and told them but it wasn’t mean to be. No Quentin Tarantino for James Bond.”
There are probably a million reasons why the ‘Bond’ producers weren’t keen on a Tarantino version of the character. For as violent and sexually charged the franchise is, the films tend to stay perfectly nestled in PG-13 territory, appealing to the widest audience possible. We’re not sure if producers are ready for a foul-mouthed Bond graphically mutilating and destroying his enemies. Film fans might be keen to see that, but let’s just say that a Quentin Tarantino ‘Bond’ film is likely not to earn $1 billion.