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Jimmy Fallon and Pierce Brosnan duke it out as 007 on 'Tonight Show'

Pierce Brosnan was one smooth James Bond when he took over the iconic role from 1995 to 2002, but there's apparently a deadlier 007, and his name is Jimmy Fallon.

When the actor visited "The Tonight Show" on Tuesday, the comedian revealed that he was a huge fan of the Nintendo 64 game "GoldenEye 007," based on Brosnan's first Bond film. "This is a childhood dream of mine ... or college-age," Fallon admitted. "I would love to play 'GoldenEye' with you."

And with that, the two grabbed their controllers for a match to the death.

Though the actor made a great 007 in the movie, he didn't quite have the stuff when it came to the (really short) game.

It was a bit of an awkward defeat (Fallon made it look so easy!), but Brosnan said there was a moment when he was filming a James Bond movie that also went less than smoothly. "Making the Bond movies was just a hair's breadth off of parody at times," he admitted. And one film's ski scene in particular had him looking "not very cool."

But Brosnan is back to saving the day and looking great while doing it. He stars as ex-CIA agent Peter Devereaux in the upcoming spy thriller "The November Man," which opens on Aug. 27.

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" airs weeknights at 11:35 on NBC.

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    Villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) laughs as British agent James Bond (Sean Connery) lies strapped to a table beneath a laser weapon in a still from the 1964 film, "Goldfinger," directed by Guy Hamilton. Connery, best known to audiences around the world for his role as James Bond, appeared as Agent 007 in seven films, beginning with "Dr. No" in 1962, and concluding with "Never Say Never Again" in 1983.

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    George Lazenby's first serious acting role was as James Bond in the film, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969). Lazenby was the second official actor to portray the British secret agent, following Sean Connery. In the 1970s, Lazenby became known for appearing in four Hong Kong martial arts films, which starred Bruce Lee. He was also one of the stars of "The Kentucky Fried Movie" (1977).

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    As Bond, Roger Moore took on evil henchman Jaws (Richard Kiel) in "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977). Moore played Bond from 1973 to 1985, beginning with the film, "Live and Let Die" and ending with "A View to a Kill." Before Bond, he was best known for his role as Simon Templar on the British TV series, "The Saint."

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    Timothy Dalton portrayed 007 opposite Maryam d'Abo in "The Living Daylights" (1987). This was one of two films in which Dalton played Bond, the other being, "License to Kill" (1989).

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    Pierce Brosnan plays Bond opposite Halle Berry as Jinx in "Die Another Day" (2002). Brosnan was originally considered for Dalton's role in "The Living Daylights," but had to turn it down because of his commitment to the TV series, "Remington Steele." He played Bond from 1995 to 2002, beginning with the film "GoldenEye" and ending with "Die Another Day."

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    Daniel Craig made his 007 debut in the 2006 film "Casino Royale." With his blond hair, petite stature (at 5-foot-11, he's the shortest actor to portray Bond) and Steve McQueen-type looks, he was a controversial choice for Bond, even inspiring anti-Craig Web sites. Before Bond, Craig was known for his edgy, independent choices in films like "Layer Cake," "Sylvia" and "Enduring Love."

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