Pierce Brosnan Will No Longer Play James Bond

August 17, 2005-- Posted at 3:15 PM CDT

NEW YORK (AP)_ Pierce Brosnan is turning in his gun and gadgets, as his Bond days come to an end.

Brosnan tells Entertainment Weekly he got a surprising phone call telling him his services as James Bond were no longer needed.

He says at first it was a "titanic jolt to the system" but it was followed by "a great sense of calm."

Brosnan says he has a "sense of liberation" because he's no longer "shackled by some contracted image."

He says he never felt complete ownership of the Bond character because he would have to say "stupid one-liners," which he says he loathed.

Brosnan starred in four James Bond movies. The first was "GoldenEye," followed by "Tomorrow Never Dies," "The World Is Not Enough" and "Die Another Day."

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