You may know him as the James Bond of the 90s and early 2000s. You may know him as Sam Charmichael in Mama Mia. What you probably don’t know Pierce Brosnan for is his role as King Louis XIV from the poorly-received fantasy adventure movie The King’s Daughter. However, the 2022 critical dud, and box office flop, has found an audience on streaming, according to FlixPatrol.
The movie’s return to prominence comes thanks to Amazon’s new FreeVee streaming service. The ad-supported service offers viewers the chance to watch hundreds of free movies, including Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water, the Vin Diesel sci-fi movie Pitch Black, and the magician-centric heist film Now You See Me 2. Perhaps it is thanks to Pierce Brosnan’s prominence that managed to get The King’s Daughter popular, as if critics are to be believed, the movie’s quality certainly isn’t enough to draw eyeballs.
The wayward Pierce Brosnan dud first gained steam in November, when The King’s Daughter became the fourth-most-popular film on the platform for six days. After dropping off, it’s made a December comeback, becoming Freevee’s eighth-most-popular film in recent days.
While Pierce Brosnan is by far the biggest name in the film, the plot follows the king’s daughter, Marie-Josèphe, played by Maze Runner and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City star Kaya Scodelario. In the film, Marie-Josèphe discovers her father plans to kill a captured mermaid to gain immortality. There’s also a plot surrounding Marie-Josephe falling in love with the captain of a fishing ship — though critics indicate that plot is so utterly disconnected from the mermaid-slaying plot that it made the whole film disjointed.
The movie was almost universally panned upon its release. It received a 20% Tomatometer score on Rotten Tomatoes. Despite having Pierce Brosnan at the helm, The King’s Daughter made just $2.2 million worldwide from a $40 million budget. The movie finished filming in 2014 and got lost in post-production limbo for eight years, though the final product, critics say, was a disappointing, muddled mess.
Outside of the U.S., Pierce Brosnan’s presence was apparently enough to get The Kings Daughter an international audience. In October, it managed to become the third-most-watched movie on Amazon Prime in both Germany and Austria. In Luxembourg, it even managed to peak at #1 on the same platform.
Thankfully for Pierce Brosnan, The King’s Daughter is far from the only movie he’s got going for him. Not only did he appear as Dr. Fate in Black Adam, but he’s also set to appear in The Out-Laws, Fast Charlie, The Last Rifleman, The Medusa, and Not Bloody Likely.
Sean McNamara, who directed Pierce Brosnan and Kaya Scodelario in The King’s Daughter, also has plenty of work ahead of him. He’s directing the adventure movie Millions in Moher, the mystery film Romeo Killed Juliet, and he is listed as a producer for Moonrise, Shadrach, True Spirit, and Across the Pond.
Sadly for Pierce Brosnan, The Kings Daughter fell off of Freevee’s top charts yesterday and shows no sign of appearing again today. While it may resurge once again, it’s possible that the film may now disappear into obscurity.