The 51-year-old claims he was asked to return as 007, before a sudden telephone call revealed his services were no longer required, leaving him "gutted".
Appearing on British TV show FRIDAY NIGHT WITH JONATHAN ROSS (05NOV04), Brosnan said, "When they told me, I was angry and the conversation was pretty short and sweet.
"They invited me back, and they changed their minds half-way through negotiations. It's hard to find the truth.
"If you get uptight it just does your head in so you've got to let it go. I thought they did me a favour, really...leave while you're on top."
Brosnan starred in four Bond movies, beginning with 1995's GoldenEye.08/11/2004 03:00