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Despite mixed reviews, "Die Another Day" was a box-office hit. It was assumed that Pierce Brosnan would return as James Bond in the next film. However, on February 9, 2004, a mere 15 months after "Die Another Day's" release, 'The Daily Mail' published an article stating that Pierce Brosnan had been deemed "too old for 007," It seemed that the producers wanted to take Bond back to his roots and needed a younger agent in the tux. In the months that followed, no official statement was made but Pierce Brosnan was frequently quoted as uncertain as to his future as Bond. Finally, on October 14, 2004, more than eight months after the media circus began, Brosnan finally admitted, "It's over. It's absolutely over."

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The "It's over. It's absolutely over" declaration came while speaking with the press in Nassau, Bahamas, and continued later that day in an interview Brosnan gave to Sun Media. The saga, he stated, began with a phone call after "Die Another Day", when Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson said "We're so happy with the success, we want you to come back!" With that, Brosnan continued thinking that he would once again don the tux and Walther PPK. It was during the filming of After the Sunset where Brosnan states that his agents called him and said that Broccoli and Wilson had changed their minds. He went on to say, "It was disappointing and surprising. I accepted the knowledge after 24 hours of being in shock". Despite previous interviews where he described his situation as opaque and unclear, it seems that Brosnan has finally admitted that he will not be coming back for Bond 21. "You know something's going to be finished, it's going to be over. And it comes with a great disappointment, but it also comes with a great satisfaction of having achieved the success with it that I had achieved". When asked if there was bitterness about the whole situation, Brosnan replied, "None, none, none! It's not worth having. If I did, it would make all the great decade, the four films, the lovely success, meaningless. Bitterness against whom, and for what reason?". However, the article states that Brosnan did take some satisfaction in seeing the franchise stumble, with Bond 21 (the movie that would eventually become Casino Royale) postponed for at least a year. "Go figure!" Brosnan was quoted as saying with a wry grin wrapped around his face.
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