Pierce Brosnan as Andy Osnard, sleazy and shrewd MI6 agent
Panama City, Fall 1999
Film: The Tailor of Panama
Release Date: March 30, 2001
Director: John Boorman
Costume Designer: Maeve Paterson
The Tailor of Panama, John Boorman’s darkly comic adaptation of John le Carré’s spy novel, presents Pierce Brosnan as we’d never seen him before.
“Yeah, a hard-drinking MI6 agent who beds women in exotic locales. Real switch-up for him,” you say, dubiously.
Of course, Brosnan’s character Andy Osnard could best be described as the anti-Bond. Continue reading
Sean Connery as James Bond, British government agent
Las Vegas, Spring 1971
Film: Diamonds are Forever
Release Date: December 17, 1971
Director: Guy Hamilton
Wardrobe Master: Ray Beck
Tailor: Anthony Sinclair
Yesterday’s post discussed the first car driven by Sean Connery’s James Bond (in an action scene). Today, we’ll be looking at the last.
After making five Bond films in as many years, Sean Connery was reasonably tired of his role. Sure it made him a star, but he was an actor, and actors like roles with character development and tight dialogue rather than repetitive plots, anonymous henchmen deaths, and volcano lairs. The days of espionage thrillers laced with realism like From Russia With Love had given way to over-the-top action and cliches in You Only Live Twice. (Sir Sean and I both agree on this matter.) Continue reading