The Merovingian When Pierce Brosnan was finally precented from playing 007 in The Living Daylights (and he was damn close, publicity photos were shot) Sam Neill was the crew's number one favourite to play Bond. Except Cubby Brocolli, the man who matters. Brocolli preferred Lambert Wilson. Eventually, the original original choice, Timothy Dalton became avaliable again, and Brosnan played the role later, of course. Funny how things turn out....and could have turned out.