In an article in The Wall Street Journal ("Uh-Oh Seven" by Merissa Marr), former Bond continuation author John Gardner gave his opinion on the current state of the James Bond film franchise and Pierce Brosnan's 007 in particular. According to reliable sources, Brosnan is to be replaced in the next film with a new actor. Says Gardner:
"There's nothing wrong with Mr. Brosnan, he just hasn't been served terribly well by the scripts. The problem with the films at the moment is that they have nothing to do with the original Bond."
Hard to argue with that.