Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan

Brosnan in September 2014
Born Pierce Brendan Brosnan
(1953-05-16) 16 May 1953
Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Occupation Actor, producer, environmentalist
Years active 1977–present[1]
Home town Navan, County Meath, Ireland
Spouse(s) Cassandra Harris (m. 1980; d. 1991)
Keely Shaye Smith (m. 2001)
Children 5 (2 adopted)

Pierce Brendan Brosnan OBE (born 16 May 1953) is an Irish actor, film producer, and activist who after leaving comprehensive school at age 16, began training in commercial illustration. He then went on to train at the Drama Centre in London for three years. Following a stage acting career he rose to popularity in the television series Remington Steele (1982–87), which blended the genres of romantic comedy, drama, and detective procedural. After the conclusion of Remington Steele, Brosnan appeared in films such as the Cold War spy film The Fourth Protocol (1987) and the comedy Mrs. Doubtfire (1993).

In 1994, Brosnan became the fifth actor to portray secret agent James Bond in the Eon Productions film series, starring in four films from 1995 to 2002 (GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day). He lent his likeness for Bond in the video games James Bond 007: Nightfire and James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, providing his voice too for the latter. During this period, he also took the lead in other films including the epic disaster adventure film Dante's Peak (1997) and the remake of the heist film The Thomas Crown Affair (1999). Since leaving the role of Bond, he has starred in such films as the musical/romantic comedy Mamma Mia! (2008), the Roman Polanski-directed political thriller The Ghost Writer (2010) and the action spy thriller The November Man (2014).

In 1996, along with Beau St. Clair, Brosnan formed Irish DreamTime, a Los Angeles-based production company.[2] In later years, he has become known for his charitable work and environmental activism. He was married to Australian actress Cassandra Harris from 1980 until her death in 1991. He married American journalist and author Keely Shaye Smith in 2001, and became an American citizen in 2004, holding dual citizenship in the U.S. and Ireland. He has earned two Golden Globe Award nominations, first for the television miniseries Nancy Astor (1982) and next for the dark comedy film The Matador (2005).

Early life

Brosnan was born in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth,[1] Ireland, the only child of Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter, and May (née Smith, born circa 1934). He lived in Navan, County Meath for 12 years and considers it his home town.[3] He went to Primary School in St.Annes Primary School, Navan. Brosnan's father abandoned the family when Pierce was an infant. When he was four years old, his mother moved to London to work as a nurse. From that point on, he was largely brought up by his grandparents, Philip and Kathleen Smith. After their deaths, he lived with an aunt and then an uncle, but was subsequently sent to live in a boarding house run by a woman named Eileen. He was educated at Elliott School, now known as Ark Putney Academy, a coeducational secondary school with academy status in South West London.[4]

According to Brosnan,

Childhood was fairly solitary. I grew up in a very small town called Navan in County Meath. I never knew my father. He left when I was an infant and I was left in the care of my mother and my grandparents. To be Catholic in the '50s, and to be Irish Catholic in the '50s, and have a marriage which was not there, a father who was not there, consequently, the mother, the wife suffered greatly. My mother was very courageous. She took the bold steps to go away and be a nurse in England. Basically wanting a better life for her and myself. My mother came home once a year, twice a year.[4]

Brosnan was brought up in a Roman Catholic[5][6][7] family and educated in a local school run by the de la Salle Brothers while serving as an altar boy.[7]

Brosnan left Ireland on 12 August 1964 and was reunited with his mother and her new husband, William Carmichael, now living in the Scottish village of Longniddry, East Lothian.[8][9] Carmichael took Brosnan to see a James Bond film for the first time (Goldfinger), at the age of 11.[10] Later moving back to London, Brosnan was educated at Elliott School, a state comprehensive school in Putney, south west London.[11] Brosnan has spoken about the transition from Ireland to England and his education in London; "When you go to a very large city, a metropolis like London, as an Irish boy of 10, life suddenly moves pretty fast. From a little school of, say, seven classrooms in Ireland, to this very large comprehensive school, with over 2,000 children. And you're Irish. And they make you feel it; the British have a wonderful way of doing that, and I had a certain deep sense of being an outsider."[4] When he attended school, his nickname was "Irish".[12]

After leaving school at 16, he decided to be a painter and began training in commercial illustration at Saint Martin's School of Art.[13][14] While attending a rehearsal for a workshop at the Oval House, a fire eater was teaching people how to eat fire and he decided to join.[15] A circus agent saw him busking and hired him for three years. He later trained for three years as an actor at the Drama Centre London.[16] Brosnan has described the feeling of becoming an actor and the impact it had on his life: "When I found acting, or when acting found me, it was a liberation. It was a stepping stone into another life, away from a life that I had, and acting was something I was good at, something which was appreciated. That was a great satisfaction in my life."[4]


Smiling man with short, tousled hair, wearing white shirt open at collar, and black jacket.
Brosnan at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival for the press conference of Die Another Day

Graduating from the Drama Centre in 1975, Brosnan began working as an acting assistant stage manager at the York Theatre Royal, making his acting debut in Wait Until Dark. Within six months, he was selected by playwright Tennessee Williams to play the role of McCabe in the British première of The Red Devil Battery Sign.[17] His performance caused a stir in London and Brosnan still has the telegram sent by Williams, stating only "Thank God for you, my dear boy".[18] In 1977 he was picked by Franco Zeffirelli to appear in the play Filumena by Eduardo De Filippo opposite Joan Plowright and Frank Finlay.[19]

He continued his career making brief appearances in films such as The Long Good Friday (1980) and The Mirror Crack'd (1980), as well as early television performances in The Professionals, Murphy's Stroke, and Play for Today. He became a television star in the United States with his leading role in the popular miniseries Manions of America.[20] He followed this with his 1982 Masterpiece Theatre documentary that chronicled the life of Lady Nancy Astor, the first woman to sit in British Parliament. His portrayal of Robert Gould Shaw II garnered him a 1985 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.[21]

Brosnan signing autographs at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival

In 1982, Brosnan moved to Southern California and rose to popularity in the United States playing the title role in the NBC romantic detective series Remington Steele.[1][8] The Washington Post noted that same year that Brosnan "could make it as a young James Bond."[22] After Remington Steele ended in 1987, Brosnan went on to appear in several films, including The Fourth Protocol (1987), a Cold War thriller in which he starred alongside Michael Caine, The Deceivers and James Clavell's Noble House both in (1988), and The Lawnmower Man (1992). In 1992, he shot a pilot for NBC called Running Wilde, playing a reporter for Auto World magazine. Jennifer Love Hewitt played his daughter. The pilot never aired, however.[23] In 1993 he played a supporting role in the comedy film Mrs. Doubtfire. He also appeared in several television films, including Victim of Love (1991), Death Train (1993) and Night Watch (1995), a spy thriller set in Hong Kong.

James Bond (1994–2005)

Brosnan first met James Bond films producer Albert R. Broccoli on the sets of For Your Eyes Only because his first wife, Cassandra Harris, starred as Countess Lisl von Schlaf, mistress to Milos Columbo. Broccoli said, "if he can act ... he's my guy" to inherit the role of Bond from Roger Moore.[22] It was reported by both Entertainment Tonight and the National Enquirer, that Brosnan was going to inherit another role of Moore's, that of Simon Templar in The Saint.[22] Brosnan denied the rumours in July 1993 but added, "it's still languishing there on someone's desk in Hollywood."[24]

In 1987, NBC cancelled Remington Steele and Brosnan was offered the role as James Bond, but the publicity revived Remington Steele. His contract with the Remington Steele producers required him to resume his role and he regretfully declined the Bond role.[22] The producers instead hired Timothy Dalton for The Living Daylights (1987), and Licence to Kill (1989).[25] Legal squabbles between the Bond producers and the studio over distribution rights resulted in the cancellation of a proposed third Dalton film in 1991[26] and put the Bond series on a hiatus for several years. After the legal issues had been resolved, Dalton decided not to return for a third film. On 7 June 1994, Brosnan was announced as the fifth actor to play Bond.[22]

Brosnan was signed for a three-film Bond deal with the option of a fourth. The first, 1995's GoldenEye, grossed US $350 million worldwide,[27] the fourth highest worldwide gross of any film in 1995,[28] making it the most successful Bond film since Moonraker, adjusted for inflation.[29] It holds an 78% Rotten tomato rating,[30] while Metacritic holds it at 65%.[31] In the Chicago Sun-Times, Roger Ebert gave the film 3 stars out of 4, saying that Brosnan's Bond was "somehow more sensitive, more vulnerable, more psychologically complete" than the previous ones, also commenting on Bond's "loss of innocence" since previous films.[32] James Berardinelli described Brosnan as "a decided improvement over his immediate predecessor" with a "flair for wit to go along with his natural charm", but added that "fully one-quarter of Goldeneye is momentum-killing padding."[33]

In 1996, Brosnan formed a film production company entitled "Irish DreamTime" along with producing partner and longtime friend Beau St. Clair.[1] Brosnan and St. Clair released Irish DreamTime's first production, The Nephew, in 1998.[34] One year later, the company's second studio project, The Thomas Crown Affair, was released and met both critical and box office success.[35]

Brosnan returned in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies and 1999's The World Is Not Enough, which were also successful. In 2002, Brosnan appeared for his fourth time as Bond in Die Another Day, receiving mixed reviews similarly to the former two, but was a success at the box office. Brosnan himself subsequently criticised many aspects of his fourth Bond movie. During the promotion, he mentioned that he would like to continue his role as James Bond: "I'd like to do another, sure. Connery did six. Six would be a number, then never come back."[36] Brosnan asked Eon Productions, when accepting the role, to be allowed to work on other projects between Bond films. The request was granted, and for every Bond film, Brosnan appeared in at least two other mainstream films, including several he produced,[12] playing a wide range of roles, ranging from a scientist in Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, to the title role in Grey Owl which documents the life of Englishman Archibald Stansfeld Belaney, one of Canada's first conservationists.

Shortly after the release of Die Another Day, the media began questioning whether or not Brosnan would reprise the role for a fifth time. At that time, Brosnan was approaching his 50th birthday. Brosnan kept in mind that both fans and critics were very unhappy with Roger Moore playing the role until he (Moore) was 58, but he was receiving popular support from both critics and the franchise fanbase for a fifth instalment. For this reason, he remained enthusiastic about reprising his role.[37] In October 2004, Brosnan said he considered himself dismissed from the role.[38] Although Brosnan had been rumoured frequently as still in the running to play 007, he had denied it several times, and in February 2005 he posted on his website that he was finished with the role.[39] Daniel Craig took over the role on 14 October 2005.[40] In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Brosnan was asked what he thought of Daniel Craig as the new James Bond. He replied, "I'm looking forward to it like we're all looking forward to it. Daniel Craig is a great actor and he's going to do a fantastic job".[41] He reaffirmed this support in an interview to the International Herald Tribune, stating that "[Craig's] on his way to becoming a memorable Bond."[42]

During his tenure on the James Bond films, Brosnan also took part in James Bond video games. In 2002, Brosnan's likeness was used as the face of Bond in the James Bond video game Nightfire (voiced by Maxwell Caulfield). In 2004, Brosnan starred in the Bond game Everything or Nothing, contracting for his likeness to be used as well as doing the voice-work for the character.[43] He also starred along with Jamie Lee Curtis and Geoffrey Rush in The Tailor of Panama in 2001, and lent his voice to The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror XII", as a machine with Pierce Brosnan's voice.

Post-James Bond

Smiling cast members standing in a row for a group photo.
Brosnan (2nd from the left) with the cast of Mamma Mia! and ABBA (1st, 5th, and 6th from left and 2nd from right)

Since 2004, Brosnan has talked of backing a film about Caitlin Macnamara, wife of poet Dylan Thomas,[44] the title role to be played by Miranda Richardson. Brosnan's first post-Bond role was that of Daniel Rafferty in 2004's Laws of Attraction. Garreth Murphy, of entertainment.ie, described Brosnan's performance as "surprisingly effective, gently riffing off his James Bond persona and supplementing it with a raffish energy".[45] In the same year, Brosnan starred in After the Sunset alongside Salma Hayek and Woody Harrelson. The film elicited generally negative reviews and a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[46] Brosnan's next film was 2005's The Matador. He starred as Julian Noble, a jaded, neurotic assassin who meets a travelling salesman (Greg Kinnear) in a Mexican bar. The film garnered generally positive reviews.[47] Roger Ebert for the Chicago Sun-Times called Brosnan's performance the best of his career.[48] Brosnan was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, but lost to Joaquin Phoenix for Walk the Line.[49] In December 2005, Brosnan was reported to be starring in The November Man, an adaptation of Bill Granger's novel, There Are No Spies.[50] but the project was cancelled in 2007. In 2006, Brosnan narrated The Official Film of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, directed by Michael Apted.[51]

In 2007, Brosnan appeared in the film Seraphim Falls alongside fellow Irishman Liam Neeson. The film was released for limited screenings on 26 January 2007 to average reviews. Kevin Crust of the Los Angeles Times noted that Brosnan and Neeson made "fine adversaries;"[52] Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter thought that they were "hard-pressed to inject some much-needed vitality into their sparse lines."[53] During the same year, Brosnan spoke of making a western with fellow Irishmen Gabriel Byrne and Colm Meaney.[54] In that same year Brosnan starred as Tom Ryan in Butterfly on a Wheel. The film was released in the United States under the name of Shattered, and in Europe as Desperate Hours.

In 2008, Brosnan joined Meryl Streep in the film adaption of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!.[55] He played Sam Carmichael, one of three men rumoured to be the father of lead Amanda Seyfried, while Streep played her mother.[56] Judy Craymer, producer to the film, said "Pierce brings a certain smooch factor, and we think he'll have great chemistry with Meryl in a romantic comedy."[57] Brosnan's preparation in singing for the role included walking up and down the coast and singing karaoke to his own voice for about six weeks, followed by rehearsals in New York in which he noted he "sounded dreadful."[58] Brosnan's singing in the film was generally disparaged by critics, with his singing compared in separate reviews to the sound of a water buffalo,[59] a donkey,[60] and a wounded raccoon.[61] In September 2008, Brosnan provided the narration for the Thomas & Friends special The Great Discovery. He was originally set to narrate for both US and UK from Season 12 and onward, but withdraw from it for unknown reasons.

In 2009, Brosnan starred in The Big Biazarro, (alternative title The Ace), an adaptation of the Leonard Wise novel, directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall. Brosnan portrayed a card player who mentors a headstrong protégé.[62] Also in 2009, Brosnan finished the well-received The Ghost Writer, playing a disgraced British Prime Minister, directed and produced by Roman Polanski. The film won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. He starred as Charles Hawkins in the film Remember Me and as Chiron in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, both released in 2010.

In 2012, Brosnan played the role of Philip in the Danish romantic comedy Love Is All You Need.[63]

His latest announced project is a role in the Danny DeVito-helmed feature Charlotte Doyle, an adaptation of the novel The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, in which he will appear alongside Morgan Freeman.[64] His production company Irish DreamTime is developing The Topkapi Affair, a follow-up to The Thomas Crown Affair for MGM. In February 2013 Brosnan was awarded honorary patronage of the Dublin University Players society at Trinity College, Dublin.[65] Brosnan is also said to be playing a "heroic government agent" in an action thriller called The Coup (later renamed to No Escape) alongside Owen Wilson.[66] Brosnan will also be headlining Last Man Out, which is an adaptation of Stuart Neville's crime novel titled The Twelve (released as Ghosts of Belfast in the US), scripted by Craig Ferguson and Ted Mulkerin, with Terry Loan will be helming the project.[67]

In 2013, Brosnan appeared in television commercials as a tongue in cheek version of himself to promote the launch of Sky Broadband in Ireland.[68] After its cancellation in 2007, Brosnan's production company, "Irish DreamTime" resurrected The November Man film project in 2012 with an announcement made on his part that he was jumping back to the spy arena. Filming took place in Serbia a year later, with Brosnan in action as a retired CIA operative called Devereaux, alongside co-star Olga Kurylenko in a supporting role. The film received negative reception with a 34% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 38/100 on Metacritic. In 2015, he appeared alongside Milla Jovovich in suspense thriller movie written by Phil Shelby, called Survivor, which began filming in January 2014, with Charles and Irwin Winkler producing, and James McTeigue directing.[69] Brosnan later starred in a revenge thriller called I.T.,[70] which is still yet to be released.

In January 2016 Pierce Brosnan was seen filming The Foreigner in London, co-starring with Jackie Chan, taking on a role of a former IRA man turned government official Liam Hennessy. The film is directed by Martin Campbell, who previously worked with Brosnan on his debut James Bond film, GoldenEye. It was noted that Brosnan bore a strong resemblance to Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.[71] An announcement was made that Brosnan and Campbell will team up once again in a film adaptation of an Ernest Hemingway novel, Across the River and into the Trees, in which Brosnan will play the role of the protagonist, Colonel Cantwell.[72] He's also set to appear alongside Dave Bautista in Final Score.[73]

Brosnan replaced actor Sam Neill in the role of Eli McCullough in a television miniseries adaptation of Philipp Meyer's novel The Son, with Kevin Murphy serving as both executive producer and showrunner of a ten-episode miniseries, which begins production in June 2016, aiming for a 2017 release.[74]

Personal life

Brosnan married twice, was widowed once and has five children and three grandchildren as of 2015.[75]

Brosnan met Australian actress Cassandra Harris through her stepson David Harris, one of Richard Harris' nephews, in 1977, shortly after he left drama school.[1] On meeting her, he has described his feelings, saying, "What a beautiful looking woman. I never for an instant thought she was someone I'd spend 17 years of my life with. I didn't think of wooing her, or attempting to woo her; I just wanted to enjoy her beauty and who she was."[4] They began dating, and eventually bought a house in Wimbledon. They married on 27 December 1980 and had one son together, Sean, who was born on 13 September 1983. They lived with her children, Charlotte (1971-2013) and Christopher, and after their father Dermot Harris died in 1986, he adopted them and they took the surname Brosnan.[1][76]

Brosnan supplemented his income by working in West End productions and in a television film about Irish horse racing.[4] After Harris appeared in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only in 1981, they secured a bank loan and moved to southern California where Brosnan secured a role in the TV series Remington Steele, easing their financial worries.

An episode of Remington Steele that was filmed in Ireland generated significant publicity. One outcome was that Brosnan met his father, who had left when Brosnan was an infant, in a brief get-together at his hotel. Brosnan said he expected to see a very tall man, but described his father as "a man of medium stature, pushed-back silver hair, flinty eyes and a twizzled jaw. He had a very strong Kerry accent."[4] Brosnan was regretful that they met under such public circumstances. He said he would have preferred more private arrangements that would have given him the opportunity to speak privately with his father.[4]

While filming The Deceivers in Rajasthan, India, in 1987, Brosnan's wife Harris became seriously ill. She was later diagnosed with ovarian cancer and died on 28 December 1991 at age 43.[77] Brosnan struggled to cope with her cancer and death. "When your partner gets cancer, then life changes. Your timetable and reference for your normal routines and the way you view life, all this changes. Because you're dealing with death. You're dealing with the possibility of death and dying. And it was that way through the chemotherapy, through the first-look operation, the second look, the third look, the fourth look, the fifth look. Cassie was very positive about life. I mean, she had the most amazing energy and outlook on life. It was and is a terrible loss, and I see it reflected, from time to time, in my children."[4] Harris had always wanted Brosnan to play the role of James Bond, and in 1995, four years after her death, Brosnan was given the role in GoldenEye.

In 1994, Brosnan met American journalist Keely Shaye Smith in Mexico. They were married in 2001 at Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland.[1] They have two sons together, Dylan Thomas Brosnan (born 13 January 1997) and Paris Beckett Brosnan (born 27 February 2001).[78]

In July 2003, the Queen made Brosnan an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire for his "outstanding contribution to the British film industry".[79] As an Irish citizen, he is ineligible to receive the full OBE honour, which is awarded only to a citizen of the Commonwealth realms, but he is still allowed the letters "OBE" after his name. In 2002, Brosnan was also awarded an honorary degree from the Dublin Institute of Technology[80] and, a year later, the University College Cork.[81]

On 23 September 2004, Brosnan became a citizen of the United States, but retained his Irish citizenship. Brosnan said that "my Irishness is in everything I do. It's the spirit of who I am, as a man, an actor, a father. It's where I come from."[36] Brosnan was asked by a fan if it annoyed him when people get his nationality confused. He said: "It amuses me in some respects that they should confuse me with an Englishman when I'm dyed-in-the-wool, born and bred Irishman ... I don't necessarily fly under any flag. But no, it doesn't bother me."[82]

Brosnan has expressed contempt for his education by the Christian Brothers.[4] However, in 2013 he commented, "It always helps to have a bit of prayer in your back pocket. At the end of the day, you have to have something and for me that is God, Jesus, my Catholic upbringing, my faith... God has been good to me. My faith has been good to me in the moments of deepest suffering, doubt and fear. It is a constant, the language of prayer... I might not have got my sums right from the Christian Brothers or might not have got the greatest learning of literature from them but I certainly got a strapping amount of faith."[83] Brosnan attends Mass, but adheres to other spiritual beliefs. In 2008 he said "I also love the teachings of Buddhist philosophy. It's my own private faith. I don't preach it, but it's a faith that is a comfort to me when the night is long."[7]

Brosnan and wife Keely Shaye Smith were involved in a riparian water rights legal case (1999–2010).[84][85][86] The dispute centred on a parcel of land in Wainiha, Hawaii.[84][85][86][87][88]

Brosnan's daughter Charlotte died on 28 June 2013 of ovarian cancer, the same illness that claimed her mother's life.[89]

Environmental and charitable work

Pierce Brosnan at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2005

Pierce Brosnan has been an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland since 2001 and recorded a special announcement to mark the launch of UNICEF's "Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS" Campaign with Liam Neeson.[90] Brosnan supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election and is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage.[91]

Brosnan first became aware of nuclear disarmament at the age of nine when worldwide condemnation of the 1962 U.S. nuclear tests in Nevada headlined international news.[1] During the 1990s, he participated in news conferences in Washington, D.C. to help Greenpeace draw attention to the issue.[1] Brosnan boycotted the French GoldenEye premiere to support Greenpeace's protest against the French nuclear testing program.[92] From 1997 to 2000, Brosnan and wife Smith worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) to stop a proposed salt factory from being built at Laguna San Ignacio.[1] The couple with Halle Berry, Cindy Crawford and Daryl Hannah successfully fought the Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas facility that was proposed off the coast of Malibu; the State Lands Commission eventually denied the lease to build the terminal.[93] In May 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the facility.[94] Brosnan is also listed as a member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Board of Advisors.[95] Brosnan was named 'Best-dressed Environmentalist' by the Sustainable Style Foundation in 2004.[96]

Brosnan also raises money for charitable causes through sales of his paintings. He trained early on as an artist, but later shifted to theatre; during his first wife's terminal illness, he withdrew from acting to be with her and took up painting again for therapeutic reasons, producing colourful landscapes and family portraits. He has continued painting since then, using spare time on set and at home. Profits from sales of giclée prints of his works are given to a trust to benefit "environmental, children's and women's health charities."[1] Since Harris' death, Brosnan has been an advocate for cancer awareness and, in 2006, he served as spokesperson for Lee National Denim Day, a breast cancer fundraiser which raises millions of dollars and raises more money in a single day than any other breast cancer fundraiser.[97]

In May 2007, Brosnan and Smith donated $100,000 to help replace a playground on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, where they own a house.[98] On 7 July 2007, Brosnan presented a film at Live Earth in London.[99] He also recorded a television advertisement for the cause.[1] Brosnan lives with his family in Malibu, California and on the island of Kauai.

In April 2016, a fire ripped through his $18.5 million Malibu mansion causing $1 million in damages to the garage and a nearby guest bedroom. His Aston Martin V12 Vanquish from the film Die Another Day was destroyed.



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Murphy's Stroke Edward O'Grady Television film
1980 The Long Good Friday 1st Irishman
The Mirror Crack'd Actor playing "Jamie" Uncredited role
1986 Nomads Jean Charles Pommier
1987 Taffin Mark Taffin
The Fourth Protocol Valeri Petrofsky/James Edward Ross
1988 The Deceivers William Savage
1989 The Heist Neil Skinner Television film
1990 Mister Johnson Harry Rudbeck
1991 Murder 101 Charles Lattimore Television film
Victim of Love Paul Tomlinson Also known as Raw Heat
Television film
1992 The Lawnmower Man Dr. Lawrence Angelo
Live Wire Danny O'Neill
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire Stuart "Stu" Dunmire
Death Train Michael "Mike" Graham Television film
Entangled Garavan
The Broken Chain Sir William Johnson Television film
1994 Love Affair Ken Allen
Don't Talk to Strangers Douglas Patrick Brody Television film
1995 Night Watch Michael 'Mike' Graham
GoldenEye James Bond Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (Shared with Famke Janssen)
1996 Mars Attacks! Professor Donald Kessler
The Mirror Has Two Faces Alex
1997 Robinson Crusoe Robinson Crusoe
Tomorrow Never Dies James Bond Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated—European Film Award for Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema
Dante's Peak Harry Dalton
1998 Quest for Camelot King Arthur Voice
The Nephew Joe Brady Also producer
1999 Grey Owl Archibald "Grey Owl" Belaney
The World Is Not Enough James Bond Empire Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Screen Combo (Shared with Denise Richards)
The Match John MacGhee Also producer
The Thomas Crown Affair Thomas Crown
2001 The Tailor of Panama Andrew Osnard
2002 Die Another Day James Bond Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
Evelyn Desmond Doyle Also producer
2004 After the Sunset Max Burdett
Laws of Attraction Daniel Rafferty Also executive producer
2005 The Matador Julian Noble Also producer Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role – Film
Nominated—St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2006 Seraphim Falls Gideon
2007 Butterfly on a Wheel Tom Ryan Also known as Shattered (United States) and Desperate Hours (Europe)
Also producer
Married Life Richard Langley
2008 Mamma Mia! Sam Carmichael Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
Nominated—National Movie Award for Best Performance – Male
Thomas & Friends The Great Discovery UK & US "Guest Narrator" Guest role
2009 The Greatest Allen Brewer Also executive producer
2010 The Ghost Writer Adam Lang Irish Film & Television Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the Year
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Chiron
Remember Me Charles Hawkins
Oceans Narrator English-language narrator
2011 Salvation Boulevard Dan Day
I Don't Know How She Does It Jack Abelhammer
2013 Love Is All You Need Phillip Original Danish title: Den Skaldede Frisør
The World's End Guy Shephard
2014 The Love Punch Richard Jones
A Long Way Down Martin Sharp
The November Man Peter Devereaux Also executive producer
2015 Some Kind of Beautiful Richard Haig Also producer
Survivor The Watchmaker[100]
No Escape Hammond
A Christmas Star Mr. Shepherd
2016 Urge Daemon Sloane/The Man
I.T. Mike Regan Also executive producer
2017 The Foreigner Liam Hennessy Post-production
The King's Daughter King Louis XIV
Final Score Dimitri
2018 The Only Living Boy In New York Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1980 Hammer House of Horror The Last Victim Television series
1981 Manions of America Rory O'Manion Television miniseries
1982–1987 Remington Steele Alias "Remington Steele"[101] Television series
1988 Noble House Ian Dunross Television miniseries
1989 Around the World in 80 Days Phileas Fogg
2001 The Simpsons Ultra House 300 as Pierce Brosnan "Treehouse of Horror XII"
2008 Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery Narrator
2011 Bag of Bones Mike Noonan Television horror miniseries
2017 The Son Eli McCullough Television series

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
1997 GoldenEye 007 James Bond Video game (Physical likeness and archive footage)
1999 Tomorrow Never Dies
2000 The World Is Not Enough
007 Racing
2002 James Bond 007: Nightfire Video game (Physical likeness only)
2004 James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing Video game (Physical likeness and voice)


    1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Brosnan's personal site
    2. Barnes, Mike (2016-01-11). "Beau St. Clair, Pierce Brosnan's Producing Partner, Dies at 63". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-02-04.
    3. "Pierce Brosnan honoured by Navan Town". RTÉ News. 11 November 1999.
    4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Chutkow, Paul (December 1997). "Brosnan. Pierce Brosnan.". Cigaraficionado.com. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
    5. Farndale, Nigel (29 January 2008). "Pierce Brosnan: James who?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 11 September 2010.
    6. Louie, Rebbeca (25 December 2005). "Eyes that Pierce. After Bond, Brosnan looks to future with a killer role". Daily News. Retrieved 13 September 2010.
    7. 1 2 3 Grant, Meg (July 2008). "Pierce Brosnan Interview: Not the James Bond You Remember". Reader's Digest. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
    8. 1 2 "Pierce Brosnan". Inside the Actors Studio. Season 9. Episode 903. 24 November 2002. Bravo.
    9. Byron Allen (host) (1993). "Pierce Brosnan: Part 2". Entertainers with Byron Allen.
    10. "Brosnan is a true Father Figure". ShowBiz Ireland. 1 November 2002. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    11. Nathan, Ian (October 1997). "The Empire 100 Interview". Empire (100): 116.
    12. 1 2 Butler, Karen (February 2007). "Fierce Brosnan". Irish Echo Online. Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    13. Jonathan Jones (30 September 2011). Saint Martins emerges blinking in bright new home. But is it art?: King's Cross premises a far cry from Soho 'hell', but some students fear college will have lost its charm Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.. The Guardian. Accessed August 2013.
    14. "Alumni". St Martins College. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
    15. Pierce Brosnan: questions from the floor Archived 9 June 2013 at the Wayback Machine.: guardian.co.uk Guardian News and Media – 18 March 2003
    16. "Drama Centre London: Former". Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Archived from the original on 4 February 2007. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    17. Carrick, Peter (2002). Pierce Brosnan. Citadel Press, p18–36. ISBN 0-8065-2396-4.
    18. Membery, York (2002). Pierce Brosnan: The Biography. Virgin Books. ISBN 1-85227-967-2.
    19. Obit of Helen Montagu. 8 January 2004. The Independent. Retrieved 27 August 2010
    20. "Manions of America". MTV Movies. Retrieved 16 April 2008.
    21. "Awards for Pierce Brosnan". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    22. 1 2 3 4 5 Last, Kimberly (1996). "Pierce Brosnan's Long and Winding Road To Bond". 007 Magazine. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    23. Charlie Rose (host) (5 August 1999). "Pierce Brosnan/Rene Russo". The Charlie Rose Show. PBS.
    24. Belson, Eve (July 1993). "Pierce Brosnan: Urbane Leading Man". Orange Coast.
    25. Broccoli, Albert R; Zec, Donald (1998). When the Snow Melts: The Autobiography of Cubby Broccoli. London: Boxtree. pp. 280–281. ISBN 978-0-7522-1162-6.
    26. Chapman, James (2000). Licence to Thrill: A Cultural History of the James Bond Films. New York City: Columbia University Press. p. 247. ISBN 978-0-231-12048-7.
    27. "GoldenEye". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 15 November 2006.
    28. "1995 Worldwide Grosses". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 November 2006.
    29. "Box Office History for James Bond Movies". The Numbers. Nash Information Service. Retrieved 18 October 2007.
    30. "GoldenEye (1995)". rottentomatoes.com. Retrieved 16 November 2006.
    31. "GoldenEye". metacritic.com. Retrieved 24 November 2006.
    32. Roger Ebert (17 November 1995). "GoldenEye". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 16 November 2006.
    33. James Berardinelli (1995). "GoldenEye". reelviews.net. Retrieved 16 November 2006.
    34. McNary, Dave (2016-01-11). "Beau St. Clair, Pierce Brosnan's Producing Partner, Dies". Variety. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
    35. "Bio Basics". The official Pierce Brosnan site. PBFC. Retrieved 15 April 2008.
    36. 1 2 Nathon, Ian (December 2002). "Numero Uno (Die Another Day cover story)". Empire (162): 103.
    37. "Brosnan uncertain over more Bond". BBC NEWS. 2 April 2004. Retrieved 1 May 2011.
    38. "Brosnan: No More 007". scifi.com. 14 October 2004. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    39. Brosnan, Pierce (February 2005). "The Official Pierce Brosnan site". Retrieved 13 September 2006.
    40. "Daniel Craig takes on 007 mantle". BBC NEWS. 14 October 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    41. "Pierce Brosnan answers". Globe and Mail. Canada. 14 September 2006. Archived from the original on 9 July 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2006.
    42. John Anderson (22 January 2007). "A grittier Brosnan takes on riskier roles". International Herald Tribune.
    43. "Everything or Nothing". EA Games. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    44. Thorpe, Vanessa (26 November 2006). "Race to put the passion of Dylan's Caitlin on big screen". The Observer. London. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    45. Murphy, Garreth (10 May 2004). "Laws of Attraction". entertainment.ie. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    46. "After the Sunset". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    47. "The Matador". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    48. Ebert, Roger (6 January 2006). "The Matador (2005)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    49. "'Brokeback Mountain' leads Golden Globe nominations". CNN. 15 December 2005. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    50. Guider, Elizabeth (13 December 2005). "Duo plant a Wildflower". Variety. Retrieved 19 February 2007.
    51. "The 2006 FIFA World Cup Film: The Grand Finale (2006)" Archived 10 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine.. The New York Times. Retrieved 28 January 2013
    52. Crust, Kevin (26 January 2007). "Seraphim Falls". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2007.
    53. Rechtshaffen, Michael (18 September 2006). "Seraphim Falls". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 19 January 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2007.
    54. "Pierce Brosnan Plans All-Irish Western". StarPulse News. 17 March 2007. Retrieved 19 March 2007.
    55. "Pierce Brosnan to Romance Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia! Movie". Theatre.com. 7 March 2007. Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2008.
    56. Kit, Borys (7 March 2007). "Brosnan joining Streep in "Mamma Mia!"". Reuters. Retrieved 8 March 2007.
    57. "Brosnan set for Abba show movie". BBC News. 7 March 2007. Retrieved 8 March 2007.
    58. "Welcome to Paradise! | PARADE Magazine". Parade.com. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 25 October 2008.
    59. Bat Out of Hell ShareThis Archived 25 June 2016 at the Wayback Machine., New York Magazine, March 2009
    60. Bat Out of Hell Archived 11 December 2010 at the Wayback Machine., Philadelphia Inquirer Movie Review, 18 July 2008
    61. Mamma Mia! (PG-13) **½ Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine., Miami Herald Movies, 18 July 2008
    62. Fleming, Michael (17 January 2007). "Brosnan to turn Wise novel into film". Variety. Retrieved 24 February 2007.
    63. "A true romantic". Dfi.dk. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
    64. "Morgan Freeman & Pierce Brosnan in Danny DeVito's 'Charlotte Doyle', Filming in Ireland 2012". IFTN. Retrieved 15 April 2011.
    65. "Dublin University honours actor Pierce Brosnan". Irish Sun. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
    66. "Cannes 2012: Pierce Brosnan Joins Crime Scene's Thriller 'The Coup'". The Hollywood Reporter. 1 May 2012.
    67. "Pierce Brosnan to lead "Last Man Out"". ComingSoon.net. 7 February 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013.
    68. "Pierce Brosnan helps launch €10m Sky campaign". Irish Independent. 9 April 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013.
    69. "Millennium Sets Milla Jovovich, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, Angela Bassett For 'Survivor' Thriller Pic". Deadline. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 9 October 2013.
    70. "Pierce Brosnan Stars In Voltage Thriller "I.T."". Deadline. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
    71. "'Goldeneye' Star and Director to Reteam For Ernest Hemingway War Movie". Movies.com. 8 February 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
    72. "Pierce Brosnan joins Dave Bautista in 'Final Score'". Deadline.com. 26 July 2016. Retrieved 30 July 2016.
    73. "Pierce Brosnan To Star In AMC Series 'The Son' In TV Return, Replaces Sam Neill". Deadline.com. 6 June 2016. Retrieved 8 June 2016.
    74. Pierce Brosnan grandchildren Archived 28 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
    75. Lipworth, Elaine (17 February 2006). "Pierce Brosnan: A new licence to thrill". The Independent. London. Retrieved 19 February 2007.
    76. "Cassandra Harris, Actress, 39". The New York Times. 31 December 1991. Retrieved 19 February 2007.
    77. "Pierce Brosnan’s Son, Dylan, Is A Model" Archived 4 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine. foodworldnews.com
    78. "Bond star Brosnan made honorary OBE". BBC NEWS. 14 July 2003.
    79. "Pierce Brosnan and Eddie Jordan awarded Honorary Doctorates from Dublin Institute of Technology". Dublin Institute of Technology. 23 June 2003.
    80. "Honorary Conferring Ceremony– 4 June 2004" (Press release). University College Cork. 28 May 2004.
    81. Nathan, Ian. "Public Access: Pierce Brosnan". Empire (135): 10.
    82. "Pierce Brosnan talks about his deep Catholic faith" Archived 13 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. Irish Central. 31 March 2011,
    83. 1 2 "INTERMEDIATE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF HAWAI'I" (PDF). 15 April 2010. Retrieved 12 June 2012
    84. 1 2 "Appeal from the Circuit Court of the Fifth Circuit" (PDF). Law Library. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2012
    85. 1 2 "SUMMARY DISPOSITION ORDER". Leagle, Inc. 15 April 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2012
    86. "The battle of Kauai". L.A. Times. 12 October 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
    87. "RUN-INS WITH THE RICH". Honolulu Advertiser. 12 October 2007. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
    88. Pierce Brosnan's Daughter Dies of Ovarian Cancer Archived 15 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine.
    89. "Children and AIDS". UNICEF Archived 19 August 2010 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 25 October 2008
    90. "Metro.co.uk". Retrieved 19 February 2007.
    91. Lang, Kirsty (3 December 1995). "Bond drops a bomb". The Sunday Times.
    92. Silverman, Stephen M. (11 April 2007). "Halle Berry, Others Protest Natural Gas Facility". People. Time Inc. Retrieved 17 April 2007.
    93. Cabrillo Port Dies a Santa Barbara Flavored Death End-Zone Dance Archived 29 July 2016 at the Wayback Machine., Independent, 24 May 2007
    94. "Sea Shepherd Advisors – Pierce Brosnan".
    95. "Sustainable Style Foundation". Retrieved 27 August 2010.
    96. "Pierce Brosnan to promote Lee breast cancer fund raiser". The Business Journal. American City Business Journals. 10 July 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2007.
    97. Washington Post article "Brosnan, Wife Help School Kids in Hawaii" 31 May 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2010
    98. "London Live Earth line-up revealed". NME News. 5 July 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
    99. "Trailer and Poster for Survivor, Starring Pierce Brosnan and Milla Jovovich". ComingSoon. 2 April 2015. Retrieved 2 April 2015.
    100. The "title character" of Remington Steele actually did not exist, and the man who assumed the identity never learned his own real name.

    External links

    Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pierce Brosnan.
    Preceded by
    Timothy Dalton
    Eon Productions James Bond actor
    Succeeded by
    Daniel Craig

    This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 12/4/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.