LATEST: Pierce Brosnan was shocked when he was dropped as James Bond, but now feels relieved to have moved on.

The newly confirmed American citizen wanted to carry on as 007, despite reports to the contrary, but now he has hung up the superspy's tuxedo - he is happy to leave the franchise behind.

He says, "I did contact them and told them that I'd like to continue. But... in the middle of negotiations, they changed their minds.

"I was shocked, perplexed. I loved Bond. He's given me so much... Now it feels like a relief."

14/10/2004 17:23