Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan was relieved to finally hand over the 007 franchise to Daniel Craig - because playing the superspy is like making "a pact with the devil".
The 54-year-old starred as the secret agent in four films, eventually bowing out in 2004.
But Brosnan admits that playing the revered character is a major undertaking, as the franchise has such strict rules about conduct, grooming and endorsements.
And he was happy to finally shed the responsibility of playing Bond.
He says, "You become an ambassador to a small country. Bond is an industry.
"You make your pact with the devil. You know that it will follow you. But you just hope you get yourself off the ropes. I have no bitterness but I just feel exhausted by it."
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