7. The Fourth Protocol (1987)
This cold war spy movie is set in the year 1987 and is based on Frederick Forsyth’s novel The Fourth Protocol. The story is about a British agent who has been assigned a task to prevent Russians from detonating a nuclear explosion in UK, next to an American base.
The Russians plan to shatter the good relations of the countries and the agent has aimed to stop at nothing to prevent this from happening. Brosnan is phenomenal in this pre-Bond movie. This movie grossed $3.6 million and ranked 4th at the box office.
6. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
This movie is a remake of 1968 movie of the same name. It centers on a playboy who steals artwork just to amuse himself. He is successful, rich and spoilt and might have met his match when he meets a seductive detective.
Brosnan looks outstanding and at ease in this role of a British charmer. He won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor – Drama/Romance. He also received positive praise from the critics. This movie was not only appreciated by the critics but was a success at the box office as well, grossing $124 million.
5. The Tailor Of Panama (2001)
This spy movie is based on John le Carre’s novel of the same name and is the story about a tailor who lives in Panama who is forced to become a spy for the British agent.
In this movie, Brosnan plays an evil version of Bond. He plays the role bewilderingly at first and by the end, his roguish charm is eventually shed and a horrific man is revealed. He played the part so perfectly that his character is truly believable and will leave you with chills.
4. Love Is All You Need (2010)
A story about a hairdresser who recovered from cancer to discover his husband has been cheating on her. While she goes away to attend the wedding of her daughter in Italy, she meets the attractive and interesting widower who is the groom’s father.
Brosnan is seen in a completely different role than he usually does. He looks amazing and oozes confidence and charm. The chemistry between the leads is amazing and is refreshing.
3. The Matador (2005)
A businessman and hitmen meet at a bar in Mexico and this encounter proves to be completely unexpected than either of them could have ever imagined. A role through which Brosnan made it pretty clear that he is far more than his Bond persona. He played the role of an entertaining comedic exceptionally well. Moreover, the chemistry between Brosnan and Kinnear is delightful!
Many critics praised this movie and labeled it as an overlooked gem and one of the best work of Brosnan’s to date. His performance earned Brosnan a number of award nominations, including a Golden Globe nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, a Saturn Award nomination for Best Actor, and IFTA award nomination for Best Actor in a Lead Role in a Feature Film.
2. Mister Johnson (1990)
This drama movie is based on Joyce Cary novel which was published in 1939. It is about a Nigerian man who thinks of himself as an English man. Set in West Africa where a British colony successfully created a monster in the form of a local black man who has given into the greed of living a life as that of rich whites. He happily does their dirty work and truly comes to believe himself as a white man.
The characters, the story and the acting is so realistic and vivid that you would get sucked into the story. Each and every actor had played such an amazing role in making the story real for the audience.
1. Golden Eye (1995)
The seventeenth movie in the Bond series and the first one to star Brosnan as James Bond. This movie also marked the return of James born after a six-year-long gap. Just when many thought that it is the end of this British spy and that there is no way this series can be revived after a long gap, Brosnan made sure to not just revive everyone’s memory of 007 but to take it to a completely new level.
This movie became such a massive hit that it completely turned the career of Brosnan and also reinvigorated the Bond series. It grossed $350.7 million worldwide and is still referred to as the best Bond movie to be ever made.
The following three movies deserve an honorable mention for Brosnan’s exceptional performance:
- Death Train (1993)
- Lawnmower Man (1992)
- Don’t Talk To Strangers (1994)
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