"THE NOVEMBER MAN" from Relativity Media opens on Wed. (today), August 27, 2014.
STARRING: Pierce Brosnan, Olga Kurylenko, Luke Bracey, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton and Eliza Taylor.
DIRECTOR: Roger Donaldson ("The Bank Job", "Thirteen Days")
SYNOPSIS: Code-named the November Man, Peter Devereaux (Brosnan) is a lethal and highly-trained ex-CIA agent enjoying a quiet life in Switzerland. Lured out of retirement for one last mission, he must protect valuable witness Alice Fournier (Kurylenko). He soon learns this assignment marks him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Bracey).
Pierce Brosnan enjoyed playing James Bond and wanted to continue the part after "Die Another Day". It was not his decision to leave the part and he harbors no ill will toward his replacement, Daniel Craig. In an effort to get back into that genre of film, Brosnan secured the rights to Bill Granger's book entitled There Are No Spies. Brosnan and his partner in Irish DreamTime, Beau St. Clair, had wanted to film this back in 2006 but delays forced them to wait until 2012. At long last, it's playing in theaters right now.
It is definitely not James Bond and the critics are quick to point that out. The key for those so keen to point out the obvious must have been the lack of mention of James Bond on the title page. They must have concluded that Brosnan 'wanted' to be Bond, especially since he cast Kurylenko who co-starred in the Bond film "Quantum of Solace". This also presumes that these critics are having difficulty separating Brosnan from Bond. He was very good at it.
Brosnan is not the one with that difficulty. This is his effort to create his own space in that genre even though he's obviously older than he was when he filmed "Die Another Day". He still has the charm, looks and physique to pull this off and, for what it's worth, he's made a solid action thriller that has its strengths and flaws. He deserves this chance like any other actor and there will be a sequel. It's fun to see him involved in this type of film again.