Pierce Brosnan was channeling two previous links for his GoldenEye performance

It’s no secret that Sean Connery left a huge print at Brosnan. He has often applauded the original 007 for inspiring him, once saying that Connery was “so powerful, so commanding in the role.”

And it turns out that Brosnan had been inspired by the original Bond for some time. “I was eleven years old in 1964, fresh off the plane from Ireland when I saw Goldfinger at the ABC cinema on Putney High Street,” he said via Instagram on Connery’s 90th birthday. “You were my Link of inspiration.”

For many fans, Connery is the original and the best, providing many of the classic lines and the smooth, globetrotting wit that made Bond a household name. You can see the influence throughout “GoldenEye,” with director Martin Campbell channeling Connery’s early Bond films. Remember when Bond meets Xenia Onatopp (Famke Janssen) at the Monte Carlo casino? That’s clearly inspired by Connery’s 007 and his brush with Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson) in “Dr. Nope”.

One of the most obvious connections between Brosnan and Connery is the iconic Aston Martin DB5. Although Brosnan drives it alone for a brief period through the mountainous roads of southern France, the entire scene where he meets Onatopp in his Ferrari F355 GTS is reminiscent of Connery’s most iconic Bond film, “Goldfinger.” Here, Connery’s Bond is chasing Auric Goldfinger’s (Gert Fröbe) Rolls Royce Phantom, while Tilly Masterson (Tania Mallet) is chasing him the entire time. It’s quite telling that the smooth, sophisticated moments of “GoldenEye” are inspired by Connery’s Bond.

But there’s also more than a touch of Roger Moore in there…

This post first appeared on: www.slashfilm.com

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