Pierce Brendan Brosnan, OBE(born May 16, 1953)
is an Irish-American actor, film producer and
environmentalist. After leaving school at 16,
Brosnan desired to be an artist and began training
in commercial illustration at Central Saint Martins
College of Art and Design, but later attended
drama school in London for three years. Following
stage acting career he rose to popularity in the
television series Remington Steele.
portrayed the fictional secret agent James Bond
in GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is
Not Enough and Die Another Day. Since leaving
the role, he has starred in films such as Evelyn
and Seraphim Falls. In 1996, he also formed, along
with Beau St. Clair, a Los Angeles-based production
company named Irish DreamTime. He was married
to Cassandra Harris until her death, and is now
married to Keely Shaye Smith. He became a naturalized
United States citizen in 2004. In his later years,
he has also been known for his charitable endeavours.
His current projects are Mamma Mia!,The Thomas
Crown Affair 2, Caitlin and The Big Biazarro.
was born an only child to Thomas, a carpenter,
and May (née Smith) in Navan, County Meath.
He was educated in the local school run by the
De La Salle Brothers. Brosnan's mother moved to
London, England, for work, after his father had
abandoned the family, and in 1964, at the age
of eleven, Brosnan joined his mother, leaving
Ireland on August 12, 1964, the very day of Ian
quickly embraced his mother's new husband as a
father figure. It was his stepfather, William
Charmichael, who took Brosnan to see a James Bond
film for the first time (Goldfinger). Brosnan
was educated at Elliott School, a state secondary
modern school in Putney, West London. Brosnan
would have his first 'crush' on his geography
teacher during his time at school.When he attended
high school, his nickname was "Irish".After
leaving school at 16, Brosnan desired to be an
artist and began training in commercial illustration
at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.]
A circus agent, however, saw him busking as a
fire eater and hired him. He later trained for
three years as an actor at the Drama Centre in
he graduated from the Drama Center in 1975, Brosnan
got a job as an acting assistant stage manager
at the York Theatre Royal, making his first stage
appearance 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. 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". 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 starring with Kate
Mulgrew, David Soul and Linda Purl. He followed
this with his 1982 portrayal of Robert Gould Shaw
II in the Masterpiece Theatre documentary that
chronicled the life of Virginia-born Lady Nancy
Astor – the first woman to sit in British
Parliament. His portrayal of the love-deprived
Shaw garnered Brosnan a 1985 Golden Globe Award
nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
1982, Brosnan rose to popularity in the United
States playing the ruggedly-handsome title role
in the NBC romantic detective series Remington
Steele, starring opposite Stephanie Zimbalist
as agency creator Laura Holt. The Washington
Post noted that same year that "Pierce Brosnan
could make it as a young James Bond."
In 1986, Brosnan was actually offered the role
of James Bond before the Remington Steele series
had come to an end (it was unexpectedly renewed
for another year), and he was unable to break
his contract with the show's producers. After
Steele finally ended, Brosnan went on to appear
in several films, including The Fourth Protocol
(1987), The Deceivers (1988) and The Lawnmower
Man (1992). In 1992, he shot a pilot for NBC called
Running Wilde, playing a reporter for Auto World
magazine whose stories cover his own wild auto
adventures. Jennifer Love Hewitt played his daughter,
but the series wasn't picked up and the pilot
never aired. In 1993 he played a supporting role
in the comedy film Mrs Doubtfire. He also appeared
in several television films, including Death Train
(1993) and Night Watch (1995), a Hong Kong-set
spy thriller, in which he starred with actress
first connection to the James Bond films occurred
when he visited his first wife, Cassandra Harris,
on the set of For Your Eyes Only. According to
a 1986 report, Albert "Cubby" Broccoli,
legendary producer of the Bond films, said, "if
he [Brosnan] can act...he's my guy" to replace
then-Bond Roger Moore. It was reported at this
time, by both Entertainment Tonight and the National
Enquirer, that Brosnan was up for inheriting another
role of Moore's, that of The Saint, Simon Templar.
Brosnan verified the rumours in a 1993 issue of
Orange Coast magazine but added, "it's still
languishing there on someone's desk in Hollywood."
The film was finally made in 1997 with Val Kilmer
in the title role.
1986, after Roger Moore's retirement from the
Bond role, Timothy Dalton was approached once
again, after previously having turned the part
down in 1967, 1969, and 1980; his involvement
with the 1986 film adaptation of Brenda Starr
kept Dalton from being able to accept it. A number
of actors were then screen-tested for the role
– notably Sam Neill – but were ultimately
passed over by producer Albert Broccoli. Brosnan,
whose television series Remington Steele was about
to end, was offered the role, but the publicity
revived Remington Steele and Brosnan had to decline
the role of James Bond, owing to his contract.
then, Dalton had become available again, and he
accepted the role for The Living Daylights (1987),
which was a box-office success. His second turn
as 007, Licence to Kill (1989) was a disappointment
at the American box office, and legal squabbles
about ownership of the film franchise resulted
in the cancellation of a proposed third Dalton
film in 1991 (rumoured title: The Property of
a Lady) and put the series on a hiatus, which
ultimately lasted six years. GoldenEye was originally
written with Dalton as Bond, but he turned it
down, which left the door open for Brosnan in
June 7, 1994, Brosnan was officially announced
as the fifth actor to play James Bond. Brosnan's
appointment as Bond brought things full circle
for the actor, who stated in interviews that the
very first movie he ever saw was Goldfinger
and that Sean Connery's performance as Bond had
inspired him to enter show business.
was signed for a three-film deal with the option
of a fourth. He first appeared as agent 007 in
1995's GoldenEye to much critical praise. 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."
GoldenEye made over $26 million during its opening
weekend in the USA and during its release made
around $350 million worldwide. It had the
fourth highest worldwide gross of any film in
1995. Taking inflation into account, it was
the most successful Bond film since Moonraker.
Brosnan returned in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies
and 1999's The World Is Not Enough, which were
also highly successful. In 2002, Brosnan appeared
for his fourth time as Bond in Die Another Day.
“ I'd like to do another, sure. Connery
did six. Six would be a number, then never come
on continuing playing James Bond, during promotion
for Die Another Day.
after the release of Die Another Day, the media
began questioning whether or not Brosnan would
reprise the role for a fifth and final time, in
the later titled Casino Royale. Brosnan kept in
mind that both aficionados and critics were unhappy
with Roger Moore playing the role until he was
58, but he was receiving popular support from
both critics and the franchise fanbase for a fifth
installment. For this reason, he remained enthusiastic
about reprising his role after his initial contract
expired, despite earlier reservations about doing
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in his Gunbarrel
Pierce Brosnan as James Bond in his Gunbarrel
2004, it was rumored that negotiations had broken
down between Brosnan and the producers to make
way for a new and younger actor. This was
denied by MGM and EON Productions. In July 2004
Brosnan announced to Entertainment Weekly that
he was quitting the role, stating "Bond is
another lifetime, behind me"; this is thought
by some to be a failed negotiating ploy. In
October 2004, Brosnan had been quoted as saying
he considered himself fired from the role.
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.
In spite of this, rumours continued to circulate
that he was in negotiations with the producers
right up until Daniel Craig was signed and announced
on October 14, 2005. 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". He reaffirmed this support in an
interview to the International Herald Tribune,
stating that "[Craig's] on his way to becoming
a memorable Bond."
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 (Bond was
voiced by Maxwell Caulfield). In 2004, Brosnan
starred in the James Bond video game Everything
or Nothing, contracting for his likeness to be
used as well as doing the voice-work for the character;
it was his last performance as James Bond.
Post-James Bond career
of the danger of being typecast as James Bond,
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. Brosnan, along with producing
partner Beau St. Clair, also formed a film production
company in 1996, entitled "Irish DreamTime".
For a time, rumour was that his Bond contract
forbade him from wearing a dinner suit in any
non-Bond film; that rumour was false. Brosnan
played a wide range of roles in between his Bond
film appearances, ranging from a nerdy scientist
in Tim Burton's Mars Attacks!, to a volcanologist
in Dante's Peak and the title role in Grey Owl,
a biopic about Englishman Archibald Stansfeld
Belaney who adopted the Ojibwa name Grey Owl and
become one of Canada's first conservationists.
July 2003, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Brosnan
an honorary OBE for his "outstanding contribution
to the British film industry". As an
Irish citizen, he is ineligible to receive the
full OBE honour, which is awarded only to a citizen
of Britain or of one of the Commonwealth of Nations
member countries. In 2002, Brosnan was also awarded
an Honorary degree from the Dublin Institute of
Technology and, one year later, the University
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". In the same year,
Brosnan starred in After the Sunset alongside
Salma Hayek and Woody Harrelson. The film opened
to generally negative reviews; it currently holds
a 17% rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website.
Brosnan's next film was 2005's The Matador. Shaking
off the sophisticated secret agent image, Brosnan
starred as Julian Noble, a jaded and paunchy assassin
who meets a travelling salesman (Greg Kinnear)
in a Mexican bar. The film was better received
than After the Sunset and garnered more positive
reviews. Roger Ebert for the Chicago Sun-Times
called Brosnan's performance the best of his career.
Brosnan was nominated for a Golden Globe award
for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy for his
work in the film but lost out to Joaquin Phoenix's
role as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line.
first film of 2007 was Seraphim Falls, in which
he starred alongside fellow Irishman Liam Neeson.
The film was released for limited screenings on
January 26, 2007 to average reviews. Kevin Crust
of the Los Angeles Times noted that Brosnan and
Neeson made "fine adversaries;"
however, Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood
Reporter thought that they were "hard-pressed
to inject some much-needed vitality into their
upcoming projects include Butterfly on a Wheel
and Married Life. Pre-production has started
on The Thomas Crown Affair 2, the sequel to the
1999 film The Thomas Crown Affair. The sequel,
directed by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven,
will use Eric Ambler's novel The Light of Day
and the 1964 adaption, Topkapi as a basis.
In December 2005, Brosnan was reported to be attached
to star in The November Man, an adaption of Bill
Grainger's novel, There Are No Spies, but
the project was cancelled in 2007. Brosnan will
also be financially backing Caitlin, a film about
Caitlin MacNamara, wife of poet Dylan Thomas.
The title role will be played by Miranda Richardson
and Brosnan will have a small part as Thomas's
literary agent, John Brinnin. Brosnan's co-star
in Die Another Day, Rosamund Pike, will also appear.
Also in 2008, Brosnan will join Meryl Streep in
a film adaption of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!.
He will play Sam Carmichael, one of three men
rumoured to be the father of lead Amanda Seyfried.
Streep will play her mother. 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."
2009, Brosnan will star in The Big Biazarro, directed
by Vondie Curtis-Hall. The film is an adaptation
of the Leonard Wise novel of the same name. He
plays a card player who mentors a headstrong protégé.
Brosnan has also spoke recently of making a Western
film with fellow Irishmen Gabriel Byrne and Colm
Meaney. Brosnan is also set to narrate seasons
12-14 of Thomas and Friends, replacing Michael
Brandon in North America and Michael Angelis in
the British Isles and Australia. Actor and
director Danny DeVito has stated that Brosnan
will join Dakota Fanning and Morgan Freeman in
his adaption of the 1990 novel The True Confessions
of Charlotte Doyle. He will play "Zachariah,
the ship's cook, surgeon, and carpenter."
married Australian actress Cassandra Harris in
1980 and adopted her two children, Charlotte (b.
1971) and Christopher (b. 1972) after their father
died in 1986. Brosnan and Harris had one son
together, Sean (b. 1983). Harris died of ovarian
cancer in 1991, after eleven years of marriage.
In 2001, Brosnan married American journalist Keely
Shaye Smith, and they have two sons, Dylan
Thomas (b. 1997) and Paris Beckett (b. 2001).
In February 2007, Brosnan pulled out of attending
the IFTA Awards ceremony in Dublin due to his
stepfather's serious illness.
September 23, 2004, Brosnan became a naturalized
citizen of the United States, but he has retained
his Irish citizenship. Brosnan has 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." 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."
supported John Kerry in the 2004 Presidential
election and is a vocal supporter of gun control
and same-sex marriage. An outspoken environmentalist,
Brosnan was named 'Best-dressed Environmentalist'
in 2004 by the Sustainable Style Foundation.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. During the 1990s, he participated in news
conferences in Washington DC to help Greenpeace
draw attention to the issue. 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.
The couple also 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.
Pierce is also listed as a member of the controversial
Sea Shepherd's Board of Advisors.
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 colorful
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."
Since Harris's 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.
May 2007, Brosnan and Smith donated $100,000 to
help replace a playground on the Hawaiian island
of Kauai, where they own a home. On 7 July 2007,
Brosnan presented a film at Live Earth in London.
He also recorded a television advertisement for
the cause, which is available to view on his official
website. He was honoured in Berlin with the Golden
Camera award for both artistic achievement and
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and the environment