NEW YORK – Pierce Brosnan (search) appears to be turning in his license to kill, according to Entertainment Weekly. "That's it," Brosnan told EW.com. "I've said all I've got to say on the world of James Bond (search)."
In an interview with the magazine's Web site, the Irish-born actor said 2002's "Die Another Day" (search) was his last mission on her majesty's secret service.
"Bond is another lifetime behind me," Brosnan said.
But the 51-year-old's statement might be a negotiating ploy. Original Bond Sean Connery quit for a whole movie before being lured back for bigger bucks. If true, England-based Eon productions, which produces the Bond flicks, must find another star to carry 007's Walther PPK in the as-yet-untitled 21st Bond movie, which is scheduled to be released on Nov. 18, 2005.
Speculation surrounds Brits Clive Owen (search), Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Firth, Hugh Grant, Gerard Butler, Jude Law (search) and Ewan McGregor (search), as well as Aussies Hugh Jackman, Heath Ledger and Eric Bana.
For Brosnan, playing James Bond will always be a fond memory.
"We went out on a high," Brosnan said, "and I look back affectionately at that time and doing those four movies. But I've said all I gotta say on it."