It's time for James Bond folk to pick anther 007 now that Daniel Craig has finished up its run. Perhaps it's time for them to finally right a wrong of over a quarter a century ago. Back in 1995, when the makers of James Bond were casting around for a Meathman to take on the role of 007, they went for the wrong guy.
1. He actually has a Meath accent
The excitement we all felt at seeing a Meath James Bond was tempered by the fact he had about as much of a Meath accent as Sean Connery.
2. He doesn't need some ould fella giving him gadgets
3. He can take a box better than Brosnan
4. Brosnan never had a song this good written about him.
5. He's proven he can follow illustrious people who have performed the same role
He assumed the Meath full back role following in the footsteps of the likes of Jack Quinn, Paddy O'Brien and Tommy "The Boiler" McGuinness.
The latter sounds a little more intimidating than Timothy Dalton
6. He can handle a long storyline arc if the makers of Bond want to go down that route
Blofeld was easier to stamp out than these two teams in '91.
7. He's proven he can stay cool in high pressure situations
He had to keep his composure and take a tough tackle from Vinny Murphy when being part of the 47 man move that set up this goal.
8. His successor had to be the very best
Not that Daniel Craig wasn't good or anything
9. He's a master of a pithy soundbite
He had a blunt message for Sean Boylan at the start of their first training session.
Put your shyness in your arse pocket.
10. He wouldn't have let the late Robin Williams get away with doing this to him
11. He would have recognised the script for Die Another Day for the shite that it was
12. He has maintained his dignity at rough moments
Everyone was in awe when Mick Lyons was sent off against Dublin in the four game saga and walked off without remonstrating. "That man didn't whinge" everyone says, in awe.
13. People bow before the man's gravitas and authority
Dublin had another obvious flaw: they lacked a Lyons tamer: In this generation
the goalkeepers got their Magna Carta: now they cannot be challenged inside the
small box. There is no law which says that Mick Lyons cannot be challenged
inside a certain area, but it seems that way.
- Con Houlihan in the Evening Press the Monday after Meath's victory over Dublin in the 1991 Leinster championship
15. Brosnan has never performed so well that he caused seasoned journalists (like those in Hogan Stand magazine) to make dubious claims such as this one
"In this year’s unforgettable four match saga, the Meath full back played literally out of his skin" - Hogan Stand Magazine in 1991
16. He's taken on a team of highly paid assassins
17. Lyons had a long and glittering career with Summerhill. Brosnan did little to speak of with O'Mahony's
Brosnan may have left Navan in at the age of 12, but still.
18. The top Mick Lyons when you type the name into Google is not former Summerhill and Meath great but some Everton captain from the 1970s. This is shameful. Selecting Mick Lyons to play Bond would go some way towards changing this outrage
19. His nickname 'King Of Full Backs' gives him a regal quality which is suitable for Bond
20. We're not impugning Mick Lyons' acting skills but we reckon playing the lead in a film entitled 'How to make love like an Englishman' would have been outside of his range as an actor
Unfortunately that's not the case for Brosnan