Former 007 star Pierce Brosnan has launched another angry tirade at James Bond bosses, slamming them as "a**es". The Irishman, who played the suave superspy in four films, reveals he was shocked to be told last year (05) that he had been axed from the franchise for a younger actor. However, Brosnan insists he would be less bitter if bosses had been more courteous with his dismissal. He tells the German edition of men's magazine Playboy, "It was a shock to hear that you've passed your date of expiry. It's frustrating that these a**es pulled the rug out from under me. "They always said, 'Come on, we're all one big family.' This 'We're one family' rubbish! You can't do it like that after ten years and four movies!"