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Paris Brosnan

Biography

Best known seeing that the kid of James Connection professional Pierce Brosnan and journalist Keely Shaye Smith. His parents wedded in Ireland following loss of life of his father’s prior wife, Cassandra Harris. He provides attended premieres along with his dad Pierce. He includes a sibling called Dylan and three spouse siblings called Sean, Charlotte, and Chris. He went to the premiere for his father’s film No Get away in 2015, a film also starring Owen Wilson.

Quick Facts


Full Name Pierce Brosnan
Date Of Birth February 27, 2001
Place Of Birth California
Height 1.88 m
Profession Family Member
Education Drama Centre London, Elliott School, Putney, Central Saint Martins
Nationality American, Irish
Spouse Keely Shaye Smith, Cassandra Harris
Children Sean Brosnan, Charlotte Brosnan, Dylan Brosnan, Chris Brosnan, Paris Brosnan
Parents Thomas Brosnan, Mary May Smith, Pierce Brosnan, Keely Shaye Smith
Siblings Dylan Brosnan, Sean Brosnan, Charlotte Brosnan, Chris Brosnan
Awards European Film Academy Achievement in World Cinema Award, Saturn Award for Best Actor, Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Drama/Romance, Empire Award for Best Actor, Young Hollywood Award for Role Model, Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Actor - Action/Science Fiction
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, MTV Movie Award for Best Fight, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, People's Choice Award for Favorite Cast, Irish Film and Television Award for Best Actor in a Film
Movies GoldenEye, Die Another Day, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, The Thomas Crown Affair, The November Man, Mamma Mia!, I.T., The Matador, After the Sunset, The Tailor of Panama, Mrs. Doubtfire, The Ghost Writer, No Escape, Dante's Peak, Laws of Attraction, Some Kind of Beautiful, Seraphim Falls, Mars Attacks!, Love Is All You Need, Urge, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Butterfly on a Wheel, Remember Me, Survivor, The Love Punch, I Don't Know How She Does It, Taffin, The Fourth Protocol, A Long Way Down, Evelyn, The Lawnmower Man, The Long Good Friday, Daniel Dafoe's Robinson Crusoe, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Salvation Boulevard, The Deceivers, Mister Johnson, Quest for Camelot, Grey Owl, Death Train, Love Affair, The Foreigner, The Nephew, The Greatest, The Moon and the Sun, Married Life, The World's End, Live Wire, Don't Talk to Strangers, Victim of Love
TV Shows Hammer House of Horror, Remington Steele, The Blue Planet, Bag of Bones, Noble House, Manions of America, Thomas and Friends, The Son, Heritage Minutes, Around the World in 80 Days, The Blue Planet: Seas of Life, Running Wilde
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#Fact
1Director Chris Columbus is a big James Bond fan and he was crushed when Brosnan didn't get cast when he was offered the part during the making of Remington Steele (1982) but they wouldn't release him from his contract. When they worked together in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Columbus told Brosnan he'd make a great James Bond but he thought that ship had sailed. In 1995, MGM called Columbus telling him they're looking for the new James Bond and Brosnan was one of the choices so Columbus recommended him; his little contribution to the James Bond saga.
2During the restaurant scene in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) when her teeth fell into a wine glass, the cast didn't know Robin Williams would do that, and their reactions on film were genuine, mirroring the shock of the crew.
3In 1993, he was willing to play the small role of Stu in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). Chris Columbus thought him a phenomenal actor.
4Of the four James Bond movies he made, GoldenEye (1995) is the only one where he isn't laying on top of the female lead in the final shot of the film.
5To date, is the only Bond actor to have never technically appeared in a Bond film based off of an original Ian Fleming novel or short story.
6He appeared in three films with Joe Don Baker in as many years: GoldenEye (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
7Currently in Cape Town, South Africa filming the movie Barry. [February 2009]
8A lifelong Catholic, he regularly attends mass at his local church in Malibu, California.
9Became a father for the 3rd time at age 47 when his fiancée [now 2nd wife] Keely Shaye Brosnan gave birth to their son Paris Beckett Brosnan on 27 February 2001.
10Became a father for the 2nd time at age 43 when his girlfriend [now 2nd wife] Keely Shaye Brosnan gave birth to their son Dylan Thomas Brosnan on 13 January 1997.
11Became a father for the 1st time at age 30 when his 1st wife Cassandra Harris gave birth to their son Sean William Walter Brosnan, aka Sean Brosnan, on 13 September 1983.
12Is the third actor to play James Bond in more than two films, along with Sean Connery and Roger Moore. The fourth one is Daniel Craig.
13Fan of Fulham Football Club (English Premier League soccer club). Fellow fans include Elizabeth Hurley, Lily Allen, Hugh Laurie, Hugh Grant, Benicio Del Toro, Daniel Radcliffe, Andrew Johnston and the late Michael Jackson.
14Lives in Malibu, California.
15His favourite comic actor is the former "Monty Python", John Cleese.
16He's Meryl Streep's close friend.
17After being chosen to play "James Bond", Brosnan wasn't allowed to wear a tuxedo in any other film. This posed a problem for the wardrobe staff of The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).
18Attended Elliott Comprehensive School, Putney, in the 1960s
19Nicknamed "Colonel Chunky" by the crew on Mamma Mia! (2008).
20Spent three years studying acting at The Drama Centre, in north London in his early years.
21In addition to playing a small role in The Broken Chain (1993), actor Girard Swan briefly worked as Brosnan's stand-in.
22Shares two roles with two previous James Bonds. He and Sean Connery have also both played King Arthur. He and David Niven have also both played Phileas Fogg, Niven in Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) and Brosnan in Around the World in 80 Days (1989).
23The production of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) was a troubled one, owing in part to the producers agreeing to have the film ready for a December release. Brosnan rejected the script after it had been rewritten; it was then rewritten again during filming by the writer of the original script; director and scriptwriter were not talking to each other, and Brosnan and Teri Hatcher were not compatible. The film cost around $110 million, but only took in more than $346 million at the box office worldwide.
24He is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, gay adoption, gun control and protecting the environment.
25Due to rising budgets and declining audiences, Brosnan's last three Bond films were the only ones in the series to not take more than five times their cost. Timothy Dalton's two films took in more than five times their budget, and George Lazenby's one Bond film (On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) more than ten. Whether you go by budget-to-gross, or inflation-adjusted ratios, Brosnan's films did average business. Die Another Day (2002) in particular, made the smallest profit on its theatrical run of any Bond movie - a major reason for revamping the film series. Sean Connery's Bond films remain the most successful, with Thunderball (1965) having taken 22 times its cost at the worldwide box-office.
26Met his Bond predecessor Sir Sean Connery for the first time at The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004), but only for a few minutes.
27He's an only child.
28Supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.
29While it may be incorrect to suggest that Brosnan was fired from the role of James Bond, because technically the producers simply chose not to renew his contract, they had agreed in principle to collaborate on a fifth Bond film before the producers pulled from negotiations. This makes Brosnan the only Bond to end his reign not of his own accord.
30Quit smoking cigarettes before the release of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
31He has two roles in common with Sean Connery: (1) Connery played James Bond in Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983) while Brosnan played him in GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002) and (2) Connery played King Arthur in First Knight (1995) while Brosnan played him in in Quest for Camelot (1998).
32Is a fan of Doctor Who (1963).
33He is a professional "fire eater", having performed a fire eating act in a circus at a young age. Knowing this, the writers for Remington Steele (1982) asked him to hone his skills as a fire eater for an episode during the series' second season, entitled Remington Steele: High Flying Steele (1984), where Remington and Laura are to go undercover in a circus. He also performed the act in Muppets Tonight: Pierce Brosnan (1996).
34In 2004, Quentin Tarantino expressed an interest in directing Brosnan in a version of Casino Royale (2006), but was turned down by the Bond producers.
35Brosnan's Bond was mainly dressed with shirts and ties from Turnbull & Asser, shoes from Church's, and suits from the Italian company Brioni. The cuff links and the belts were mostly Dunhill's.
36Was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989).
37After Timothy Dalton was unavailable, Brosnan was chosen to play 007 in 1986 and was given the script to The Living Daylights (1987). Although he was contracted to Remington Steele (1982) for seven seasons, NBC decided to cancel the show at the end of the fourth season, which meant that Brosnan was free to play "James Bond" in The Living Daylights (1987) the following year. However, shortly after the end of the fourth season, NBC had second thoughts about canceling "Remington Steele" and, subsequently, approached the Bond producers, directly, in an attempt to strike a deal that would allow Brosnan to play both "James Bond" and "Remington Steele" the following year. NBC also offered to completely reschedule the shooting of "Remington Steele" to ensure that there were no scheduling conflicts. But eventually, Albert R. Broccoli famously told NBC that "James Bond will not be Remington Steele and Remington Steele will not be James Bond". Accordingly, Brosnan would only play Bond if the show remained canceled. NBC had a 60-day deadline to revoke their decision to cancel the "Remington Steele" series and, at 6:30 pm on the 60th day of the deadline, Brosnan learned that NBC decided to make a fifth season. So, the role of the new James Bond went back to Timothy Dalton. NBC went on to make only six episodes of the fifth season of "Remington Steele" before finally canceling the show for good.
38Graduated from the prestigious acting course at the Drama Centre London.
39He says that the first two films he saw at the cinema, Goldfinger (1964) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962), are also the two films that have had the most influence on him.
40According to the James Bond tailors in London, he has been both the lightest and heaviest of all the James Bonds. The tailors who fitted him for his Bond films state that in his first Bond movie, GoldenEye (1995), he weighed 164 pounds, making him the lightest actor to play Bond. However, in his fourth Bond movie, Die Another Day (2002), he weighed 211 pounds, making him the heaviest actor to play Bond.
41He studied under Yat Malmgren, a dancer and drama teacher who also worked with Sean Connery in the 1950s and is credited with helping him develop a strong sense of movement and presence.
42Became an American citizen on 23 September 2004 but still plans to keep his Irish citizenship.
43He says that his favorite Bond films are From Russia with Love (1963) and For Your Eyes Only (1981), and that his least favorite Bond film is On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
44After the release of Die Another Day (2002), he was approached by a man in a Dublin bar who asked to shake his hand. He complied and then cracked up when the man said, "That's the closest my hand will ever get to Halle Berry's arse [butt].".
45He was given an honorary OBE by Britain's ambassador to Ireland, Stewart Eldon, on 8/19/03. Honorary OBEs are awarded on merit by the Queen to non-British citizens who have made an important contribution to British interests. The award formally makes him "an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire".
46Early in his screen career, he portrayed the title role in the TV series, Remington Steele (1982). His character was a career criminal gone "straight" as a private investigator, with an amazing knowledge of and obsession with classic cinema. In the episode, Remington Steele: To Stop a Steele (1983) (original air date 2/11/83, episode 15), Steele equates the case he is working on to The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), starring Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen. Sixteen years later, Brosnan starred in the remake of that movie, The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).
47In addition to his salary for his James Bond movies, Brosnan received a car. The BMW Z3 from GoldenEye (1995), an 8-series BMW (instead of the 750iL) from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and the Z8 from The World Is Not Enough (1999).
48He was voted sixth in the Orange 2001 film survey of greatest British film actors ever.
49Is claustrophobic, which made the filming of certain scenes in Dante's Peak (1997) very difficult.
50Voted "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 2001.
51At the age of 11 he was almost six feet tall, making him a target of bullies.
52His mother, May, was 19 when she gave birth to him. She had married his father, Thomas, on August 16, 1952. However, his parents separated when he was still a baby, and from the age of 4 he was raised by his maternal grandparents, Philip and Kathleen Smith, while his mother went to London to train as a nurse. When he was 6, both grandparents died and he was passed around amongst relatives until Eileen Reilly took him into her lodging house. Finally, when he was 10, his mother was able to take him to her home in Putney, London. While in London, May had met a man, named Bill Carmichael, who had asked her to marry him, but she wanted approval from her son. Pierce gave his approval and the couple were married. From that point on, Bill treated Pierce as his real son and they got along fine. It was Bill who took Pierce to see his first Bond movie, Goldfinger (1964), and it was at that point that decided to take up acting.
53On December 28, 1991, one day after their 11th wedding anniversary, his wife, Cassandra Harris, died in his arms. She died of ovarian cancer.
54At the Genesis Awards Ceremony, reunited with Remington Steele (1982) co-star Stephanie Zimbalist. [1996]
55Enjoys fishing on the River Towy in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. Jimmy Carter (former American President) also enjoys the same fishing spot.
56The very first film he claims to have seen is the 007 movie Goldfinger (1964).
57Chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world. [1991]
58Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful" people in the world. [1996]
59Owns his own production company, Irish DreamTime. Its first release was The Nephew (1998).
60Pierce Received American Citizenship at the US District Court House in Los Angeles in 2004. He has dual citizenship: Irish and American. He was made a Freeman of Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland (the town he lived in until he moved to England in 1964) on 11th November 1999. His primary residence is in Malibu, California.
61He adopted his first wife Cassandra Harris's children, Charlotte Brosnan (b. 1971, d. 2013) and Christopher Brosnan (b. 1973), after their father died in 1986.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!2018announcedSam
Spinning Man2018post-productionMalloy
H-Block2017pre-production
The Foreigner2017post-productionLiam Hennessy
The Only Living Boy in New York2017completed
Final Score2017post-productionDimitri
The King's Daughter2017completedKing Louis XIV
The Medusapre-productionCaruel
Untitled Pierce Brosnan/Jack Orman ProjectTV Movie announced
The Son2017TV SeriesEli McCullough
I.T.2016Mike Regan
Urge2016The Man
A Christmas Star2015Mr. Shepherd
No Escape2015/IHammond
Survivor2015/INash
Some Kind of Beautiful2014Richard
The November Man2014Peter Devereaux
A Long Way Down2014Martin
The Love Punch2013Richard
The World's End2013Guy Shepherd
Den skaldede frisør2012Philip
Bag of Bones2011TV Mini-SeriesMike Noonan
I Don't Know How She Does It2011Jack Abelhammer
Salvation Boulevard2011Dan Day
Remember Me2010Charles Hawkins
The Ghost Writer2010Adam Lang
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief2010Mr. Brunner Chiron
The Greatest2009Allen Brewer
Thomas & Friends: The Great Discovery - The Movie2008Narrator (UK & US) (voice)
Mamma Mia!2008Sam
Mamma Mia: Deleted Scenes2008Video shortSam (uncredited)
Married Life2007Richard Langley
Shattered2007Tom Ryan
Seraphim Falls2006Gideon
The Matador2005Julian Noble
After the Sunset2004Max Burdett
Laws of Attraction2004Daniel Rafferty
James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing2003Video GameJames Bond (voice)
Die Another Day2002James Bond
Evelyn2002Desmond Doyle
The Tailor of Panama2001Osnard
The World Is Not Enough1999James Bond
Grey Owl1999Archie Grey Owl
The Match1999John MacGhee
The Thomas Crown Affair1999Thomas Crown
Quest for Camelot1998King Arthur (voice)
The Nephew1998Joe Brady
Tomorrow Never Dies1997James Bond
Robinson Crusoe1997Robinson Crusoe
Dante's Peak1997Harry Dalton
Mars Attacks!1996Professor Donald Kessler
The Mirror Has Two Faces1996Alex
The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson1996Pierce Brosnan
GoldenEye1995James Bond
Detonator II: Night Watch1995TV MovieMike Graham
Love Affair1994Ken Allen
Don't Talk to Strangers1994TV MoviePatrick Brody
The Broken Chain1993TV MovieSir William Johnson
Mrs. Doubtfire1993Stu
Detonator1993TV MovieMike Graham
Entangled1993Garavan
Live Wire1992Danny O'Neill
The Lawnmower Man1992Dr. Lawrence Angelo
Running Wilde1992TV MovieWilde
Victim of Love1991TV MoviePaul Tomlinson
Heritage Minutes1991TV SeriesArchie Grey Owl
Murder 1011991TV MovieCharles Lattimore
Mister Johnson1990Harry Rudbeck
The Heist1989TV MovieNeil Skinner
Around the World in 80 Days1989TV Mini-SeriesPhileas Fogg
The Deceivers1988William Savage
Taffin1988Taffin
Noble House1988TV Mini-SeriesIan Dunross
The Fourth Protocol1987Valeri Petrofsky James Edward Ross
Remington Steele1982-1987TV SeriesRemington Steele / Ben Pearson
Nomads1986Jean Charles Pommier
Nancy Astor1982TV Mini-SeriesRobert Gould Shaw
Play for Today1982TV SeriesDennis
The Manions of America1981TV Mini-SeriesRory O'Manion
The Mirror Crack'd1980Actor playing 'Jamie' (uncredited)
Hammer House of Horror1980TV SeriesLast Victim
The Professionals1980TV SeriesRadio Man
The Long Good Friday19801st Irishman
Murphy's Stroke1980TV MovieDonnelly / Edward O'Grady

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Untitled Pierce Brosnan/Jack Orman ProjectTV Movie executive producer announced
I.T.2016executive producer
My Father Die2016producer
Some Kind of Beautiful2014executive producer
The November Man2014executive producer
The Greatest2009executive producer
Shattered2007producer
The Matador2005producer
Laws of Attraction2004executive producer
Evelyn2002producer
The Match1999executive producer
The Thomas Crown Affair1999producer
The Nephew1998producer

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mamma Mia!2008performer: "Our Last Summer", "SOS", "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do", "When All Is Said And Done", "Waterloo"
Evelyn2002performer: "On the Banks of the Roses", "The Parting Glass"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Completing the Golden Mile: The Making of 'World's End'2013Video documentary special thanks
Whaledreamers2006Documentary special thanks
Inside 'Die Another Day'2003Video documentary short special thanks
Evelyn: Behind the Scenes2003Video documentary short special thanks
Evelyn: The Story Behind the Story2003Video documentary short special thanks
The Myth, the Magic, the Man1993TV Movie special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
James Bond: A BAFTA Tribute2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
VH1 Big in 2002 Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Happy Anniversary Mr. Bond2002TV Movie documentaryHimself / James Bond
Movie Television2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Caroline Rhea Show2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MTV Movie Special: Die Another Day2002TV Special documentaryHimself
Shaken and Stirred on Ice2002Video documentary shortHimself / James Bond
Best Ever Bond2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Die Another Day: From Script to Screen2002VideoHimself
Premiere Bond: Die Another Day2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside the Actors Studio2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2002 MTV Movie Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Leute heute2002TV Series documentaryHimself
2002 ABC World Stunt Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Judi Dench: A BAFTA Tribute2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hollywood, Inc.2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Revealed with Jules Asner2002TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Bond Essentials2002Video documentary shortHimself
The Perfect Fit2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Simpsons2001TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live2001TV SeriesHimself - Host
The Human Face2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Blue Planet2001TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Narrator (US version)
Building the Impossible: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World2000TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Inside 'The Living Daylights'2000Video documentary shortHimself
The 5th Annual GQ Men of the Year Awards2000TV SpecialHimself
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards2000TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Dolphins2000Documentary shortNarrator (voice)
The Making of the Master Piece2000Video documentary shortHimself
James Bond Down River2000TV Special documentaryHimself
Now Pay Attention 007: A Tribute to Actor Desmond Llewelyn2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Lux2000TV SeriesHimself (2001)
The Making of 'The World Is Not Enough'1999Video documentary shortHimself
The BBC and the BAFTA Lifetime Achievement Tribute to Richard Attenborough1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Mundo VIP1997-1999TV SeriesHimself
And the Word Was Bond1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Exclusive1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
MADtv1999TV SeriesHimself
The Bond Cocktail1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Clive Anderson All Talk1999TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Comme au cinéma1999TV Series documentaryHimself
MTV Europe Music Awards 19991999TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The James Bond Story1999TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee / James Bond
The Tom Green Show1999TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHimself
Gray Magic: The Plight of San Ignacio Lagoon1998ShortHimself
Tomorrow Never Dies: Special FX Reel1998Video documentary shortHimself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Die Harald Schmidt Show1995-1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Steve McQueen: The King of Cool1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Getting Close to the Show1998Video documentaryHimself
Highly Classified: The World of 0071998Video documentaryHimself
Magacine1997TV SeriesHimself
Countdown to Tomorrow1997DocumentaryHimself / James Bond
Showbuzz1997TV SeriesHimself
The Secrets of 007: The James Bond Files1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Wetten, dass..?1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
James Bond: Shaken and Stirred1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sammy the Screenplay1997Video shortHimself - at 'Nine Months' premiere (uncredited)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Martin Scorsese1997TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Showbiz Today1996TV SeriesHimself
Corazón, corazón1996TV SeriesHimself
Muppets Tonight1996TV SeriesHimself
Very Important Pennis1996TV SeriesHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Clint Eastwood1996TV Special documentaryHimself
The 68th Annual Academy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Costume Design
The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
1996 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Lights, Camera, Action!: A Century of the Cinema1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
GoldenEye: Behind the Scenes1995Video documentary shortHimself
GoldenEye: The Secret Files1995TV Short documentaryHimself
Telemaratón1995TV MovieHimself
Primer plano1995TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
In Search of James Bond with Jonathan Ross1995TV Movie documentaryHimself / James Bond
Gomorron1995TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1995TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The World of James Bond1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Goldfinger Phenomenon1995Video documentary shortHimself
Maury1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live for Peace: A Royal Gala1995TV MovieHimself
Behind the Scenes with 'Goldfinger'1995Video documentary shortHimself
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Making of 'Mrs. Doubtfire'1993Video shortHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1984-1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Host
Robin Hood: The Myth, the Man, the Movie1991TV Short documentaryHimself - Host / Narrator
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World1990Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
After Hours1990TV SeriesHimself
Happy Birthday, Bugs!: 50 Looney Years1990TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards1988TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter: Favourite Female Television Performer
Moonlighting1987TV SeriesHimself
NBC 60th Anniversary Celebration1986TV Special documentaryHimself
The 11th Annual People's Choice Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1985TV SpecialHimself
The NBC All Star Hour1985TV MovieHimself
Hour Magazine1983-1985TV SeriesHimself
Night of 100 Stars II1985TV MovieHimself
The 42nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1985TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Late Night with David Letterman1984TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 10th Annual People's Choice Awards1984TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Breakaway1983TV SeriesHimself
Resting Rough1979ShortHimself
Live with Kelly and Ryan2004-2017TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2008-2017TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2010-2017TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 74th Golden Globe Awards2017TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter
Judi Dench: All the World's Her Stage2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 2016 European Film Awards2016TV MovieHimself - Winner: European Achievement in World Cinema
No Retakes! No Surrender!2016Documentary shortHimself
No Escape: Behind the Scenes2015Video documentary shortHimself
Prominent!2015TV SeriesHimself
The Making of 'The November Man'2014Video documentary shortHimself
The November Man: Bringing Belgrade to the Big Screen2014Video shortHimself
The November Man: Brosnan Is Back!2014Video documentary shortHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Evening Urgant2014TV SeriesHimself
Extra2014TV SeriesHimself - Stand Up to Cancer / Himself / Himself - Mrs. Doubtfire
Stand Up to Cancer2014TV SpecialHimself
Reel Junkie2014TV SeriesHimself
Weekend Ticket2014TV Series shortHimself
Conan2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Morning America2011-2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2010-2014TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2014TV SeriesHimself
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Insider2010-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Mrs. Doubtfire
CBS News Sunday Morning2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
I Am Steve McQueen2014DocumentaryHimself
Cinema 32010-2014TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Tavis Smiley2004-2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Larry King Now2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Pride of Britain Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
Everything or Nothing2012DocumentaryHimself
Face to Face with 'Weird Al' Yankovic2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHimself (2013)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Elizabeth Taylor: A Tribute2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
8th Annual Irish Film and Television Awards2011TV SpecialHimself
Jane's Journey2010DocumentaryHimself
24th Annual Genesis Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Xposé2010TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2010TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Janela Indiscreta2010TV SeriesHimself
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards2010TV SpecialHimself
Today2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Live from Studio Five2010TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2010TV Series documentaryHimself
2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special2009TV SpecialHimself
The 3rd Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute2009TV Special documentaryHimself - Presenter
Océans2009DocumentaryNarrator (English version, voice)
The Movie Loft2009TV SeriesHimself
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Mama Mia!: A Look Inside 'Mama Mia! The Movie'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Mama Mia!: Anatomy of a Musical Number - Lay All Your Love on Me2008Video documentary shortHimself
Mama Mia!: Becoming a Singer2008Video documentary shortHimself
Mama Mia!: Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Music Video2008Video documentary shortHimself
Mamma Mia: The Making of Mamma Mia2008Video documentary shortHimself / Sam
The Great Discovery: Behind the Scenes with Pierce Brosnan2008Video shortHimself
The Daily Show1999-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman1995-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Breakfast2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
From Man to Mrs.: The Evolution of 'Mrs. Doubtfire'2008Video documentary shortHimself
Mamma Mia: Outtakes2008Video shortHimself / Sam (uncredited)
Behind the Scenes of 'Seraphim Falls'2007Video documentary shortHimself
Hope in the Time of AIDS2007DocumentaryNarrator
Happy Birthday Elton! From Madison Square Garden, New York2007TV MovieHimself
Balls of Steel2007TV SeriesHimself
4th Irish Film and Television Awards2007TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2007 Britannia Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
Close Up2006TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
The Fifa 2006 World Cup Film: The Grand Finale2006Video documentaryNarrator (voice)
La rentadora2006TV SeriesHimself
Creating an Icon2006Video documentary shortHimself
Directing Bond: The Martin Chronicles2006Video documentary shortHimself
Driven to Bond: Remy Julienne2006Video documentary shortHimself
GoldenEye: Building a Better Bond2006Video documentary shortHimself
Just Another Day2006TV Special documentary shortHimself
The British Touch: Bond Arrives in London2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Hong Kong Press Conference2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Return of Bond: The Start of Production Press Event2006Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of The Matador2006Video documentary shortHimself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Sean Connery2006TV SpecialHimself
Whaledreamers2006DocumentaryHimself
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryHimself
Bloody Business2006Video documentaryHimself
Davina2006TV SeriesHimself
Film '721997-2006TV SeriesHimself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
The View1999-2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures2006TV Series documentaryNarrator
Shootout2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
Young Hollywood Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
3rd Irish Film and Television Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Richard & Judy2004-2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Host
Deadly Sounds in the Silent World II2005ShortHimself
Before, During and 'After the Sunset'2005Video documentaryHimself
The 77th Annual Academy Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Costume Design
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards2005TV Special documentaryHimself - Co-Presenter: The Cecil B. DeMille Award for Robin Williams
The British Comedy Awards 20042004TV SpecialHimself - Pre-Recorded Footage
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1995-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Charlie Rose1999-2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
2nd Irish Film and Television Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Outstanding Irish Contribution to Cinema Award Winner
T42004TV SeriesHimself
This Morning2004TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Biography2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Great Performances: Dance in America2004TV SeriesHimself - Host
The 76th Annual Academy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Film Editing
The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Foreign Language Film
Deadly Sounds in the Silent World2003Documentary shortHimself
Deep Blue2003DocumentaryNarrator (English version, voice)
Morten og Peter i Dublin2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Inside 'Die Another Day'2003Video documentary shortHimself
Evelyn: Behind the Scenes2003Video documentary shortHimself
Evelyn: The Story Behind the Story2003Video documentary shortHimself
Parkinson2002-2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Kelly2003TV SeriesHimself
Punk'd2003TV SeriesHimself
¡Ya es viernes!... ¿O no?2003TV SeriesHimself
Lo + plus1997-2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
9th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2003TV SpecialHimself
MTV Europe Music Awards 20022002TV SpecialHimself - Presenter

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ok! TV2017TV SeriesHimself
Timeshift2015TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Survivor'2015Video documentary shortHimself
Inside Edition2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Autopsy: The Last Hours Of2015TV SeriesHimself
Wogan: The Best Of2015TV SeriesHimself
The Insider2015TV SeriesJames Bond
The Third Annual 'On Cinema' Oscar Special2015VideoPeter Devereaux (uncredited)
Extra2015TV SeriesHimself
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHimself
The World's Most Expensive Stolen Paintings2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
#Yaprava2013TV SeriesHimself
Top Gear2012TV SeriesJames Bond
Being Bond: Celebrating Five Decades of Bond 0072012Video documentary shortJames Bond / Himself
World of Bond2012Video documentary shortJames Bond
Hallo Hessen2012TV SeriesHimself
The Many Faces of...2011TV Series documentaryJames Bond
Skydancer2011DocumentaryHimself
Maintower2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Z Hit-Paraden2010TV SeriesHimself
Quelli che... il calcio2009TV SeriesHimself
30 for 302009TV Series documentaryHimself
Raiders of the Lost Archive2009TV Series documentaryProfessionals
Premio Donostia a Meryl Streep2008TV SpecialSam Carmichael
60/902008TV SeriesJames Bond
Gomorron1995-2008TV SeriesHimself - Mamma Mia! / Himself
Oscar, que empiece el espectáculo2008TV Movie documentaryJames Bond (uncredited)
La rentadora2007TV SeriesHimself
True Bond2007TV Movie documentaryJames Bond
La tele de tu vida2007TV SeriesRemington Steele
La noche desesperada2007TV MovieJames Bond
20 to 12006TV Series documentaryStu
America's Top Sleuths2006TV Movie documentaryRemington Steele
Stephen Fry: The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive2006TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Premiere Bond: Opening Nights2006Video documentary shortHimself
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 22006Video documentaryHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Will Ferrell - Volume 22004Video documentaryJob Applicant (uncredited)
Celebrities Uncensored2003TV SeriesHimself
Christmas from Hollywood2003Video documentaryHimself
Bond Girls Are Forever2002TV Movie documentaryJames Bond (uncredited)
Intimate Portrait2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Introducing ... James Bond2002Video documentary shortJames Bond
Cubby Broccoli: The Man Behind Bond2000TV Short documentaryJames Bond (uncredited)
Double-O Stunts2000Video documentary shortJames Bond (uncredited)
Inside Q's Lab2000Video documentary shortJames Bond (uncredited)
The Bond Sound: The Music of 0072000Video documentary shortJames Bond (uncredited)
007 Racing2000Video GameJames Bond
The World Is Not Enough2000Video GameJames Bond (uncredited)
Tribute to Desmond Llewelyn2000Video documentary shortJames Bond (uncredited)
The Making of 'GoldenEye': A Video Journal1999Video documentary shortHimself
Nobody Does It Better: The Music of James Bond1997TV Movie documentaryJames Bond
Muppets Tonight1997TV SeriesHimself
James Bond 007: Yesterday and Today1996Video documentary shortHimself
Bonds Are Forever1983Video documentaryRemington Steele / Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Outstanding European Achievement in World CinemaEuropean Film Awards
2011IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting Role in a Feature FilmThe Ghost Writer (2010)
2009Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBreakaway AccomplishmentMamma Mia! (2008)
2009Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorMamma Mia! (2008)
2007Golden CameraGolden Camera, GermanyHumanitarian AwardFor his engagement in environment protection.
2005Achievement in the ArtsMalibu Film Festival
2005Role Model AwardYoung Hollywood Awards
2004Glow AwardG-Phoria AwardsBest Voice Performance - MaleJames Bond 007: Everything or Nothing (2003)
2004Outstanding Irish Contribution to CinemaIrish Film and Television Awards
2003Christopher AwardChristopher AwardsFilmEvelyn (2002)· Bruce Beresford (director)
· Paul Pender (screenwriter/co-producer)
· Beau St. Clair (producer)
· Michael Ohoven (producer)
· Eberhard Kayser (executive producer)
· Mario Ohoven (executive producer)
· Kieran Corrigan (executive producer)
· Simon Bosanquet (executive producer)
2002Career Achievement AwardChicago International Film Festival
2001Humanitarian AwardWomen in Film Crystal Awards· Keely Shaye Brosnan
2001Humanitarian HonoreeWomen's Image Network Awards
2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - Drama/RomanceThe Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actor - ActionThe World Is Not Enough (1999)
2000Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest ActorThe World Is Not Enough (1999)
1998Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorTomorrow Never Dies (1997)
1997Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 3 December 1997. At 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryThe Love Punch (2013)· Emma Thompson
2011ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actor of the YearThe Ghost Writer (2010)
2010Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actor in a Supporting RoleThe Ghost Writer (2010)
2010VVFP AwardVillage Voice Film PollBest Supporting ActorThe Ghost Writer (2010)
2009Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Supporting ActorMamma Mia! (2008)
2009Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryMamma Mia! (2008)· Meryl Streep
2009People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite CastMamma Mia! (2008)· Meryl Streep
· Amanda Seyfried
· Stellan Skarsgård
· Colin Firth
2008National Movie AwardNational Movie Awards, UKBest Performance - MaleMamma Mia! (2008)
2007IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Lead Role in a Feature FilmThe Matador (2005)
2006Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalThe Matador (2005)
2006Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorThe Matador (2005)
2005SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ActorThe Matador (2005)
2003Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorDie Another Day (2002)
2003Audience AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actor in a Film
2000Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst Screen CoupleThe World Is Not Enough (1999)· Denise Richards
1999Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst On-Screen CoupleThe World Is Not Enough (1999)· Denise Richards
1998Outstanding European Achievement in World CinemaEuropean Film AwardsTomorrow Never Dies (1997)
1996Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActorGoldenEye (1995)
1996MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest FightGoldenEye (1995)· Famke Janssen
1985Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionNancy Astor (1982)

TitleSalary
Die Another Day (2002)$16,500,000
The World Is Not Enough (1999)$12,400,000
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)$8,200,000
GoldenEye (1995)$4,000,000

#Quote
1[on the end of playing James Bond] I was in the Bahamas, working on a movie called After the Sunset (2004) and my agents called me up and said, "Negotiations have stopped." [Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson] are not quite sure what they want to do. They'll call you next Thursday. (...) I sat in Richard Harris's house in the Bahamas, and Barbara and Michael were on the line - "we're so sorry." She was crying, Michael was stoic and he said, "You were a great James Bond. Thank you very much," and I said, "Thank you very much. Goodbye." That was it. I was utterly shocked and just kicked to the curb with the way it went down. [2015]
2[on Spectre (2015)] The story was kind of weak - it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did. It is neither fish nor fowl. It's neither Bond nor Bourne. Am I in a Bond movie? Not in a Bond movie?
3[on Daniel Craig in Spectre (2015)] He's a mighty warrior, and I think he found a great sense of himself in this one with the one-liners and a nice playfulness there. Just get a tighter story and he'll have another classic.
4[on why his tenure as James Bond ended] I think I was caught up between the egos of the producers and the studios, really. They (the producers) didn't know whether to go younger, they didn't know what to do, period.
5I had good luck and a bit of talent somewhere in the back pocket that I could kind of polish and nurture, but I dreamt and wished for all of this, then you get all of that and you've just got to show up and work.
6[on lessons he learned about himself that he still carries] That I'm a survivor. That I can dream well. That I can work hard. That I have some kind of faith that keeps me in check, keeps me grounded in life. And just really good fortune to have traveled through the fair and still be at the table, so to speak.
7[on working with Robin Williams on Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) and his death in 2014] I had the time of my life. Every day was sheer magic with the man. His humanity, his grace and his brilliance of heart and mind and soul, his reverence and sincerity. It's a deep loss
8[on choosing to act as a film producer] When it's your project, you have certain paternal feeling toward it. I always try to create a home and a safe place. I think my strength is bringing actors together.
9[on why he undertook The November Man (2014), another spy thriller] Having completed the James Bond series, and after saving the world four times, there was a kind of a void left in my life.
10[on playing 'Devereaux', a retired CIA man] This agent has grit and gravitas. He really is a cultured badass.
11I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman (1989), but I just couldn't really take it seriously, any man who wears his underpants outside his pants just cannot be taken seriously. That was my foolish take on it. It was a joke, I thought. But how wrong was I? Don't get me wrong, because I love Batman, and I grew up on Batman. As a kid in Ireland, we used to get our raincoats and tie them round our neck and swing through the bicycle shed.
12[on the possibility of being in The Expendables 4] Sylvester Stallone is the one that's given us these wonderful platforms for actors who have and had careers to go play and have fun and to entertain. To bring a bunch of guys together who saved the world, fought the bad guys, and put them all on the same stage, that's crazy good.
13I have a strong faith, being Catholic Irish, that has been maintained throughout my life. I enjoy the ritual of church, prayer. I'm not consistent in it, but it's within me. The dark times and the troubles , they'll come regardless. You just hope you have the strength and courage toad address them and endure.
14It's so manicured and codified in America. They don't venture into the realms of reality when it comes to the relationships of men and women. They go to the market of youth...But I do love the notion of the younger woman as I am now the older man. You see it in men: that fear that the clock is ticking, the clock is ticking, and women become more and more beautiful, every age group. It just becomes this lustfulness of yearning and want.
15[facing reality in 2014] My wife had given me a great birthday party the night before in Malibu, and sent me off with all my birthday cards and said 'you must put them all up' which I dutifully did when I got in. The next morning all the birthday cards were there and there was one in the middle that said '60'. Just that number alone.
16[his feelings towards the role of James Bond, looking back] I felt I was caught in a time warp between Roger [Moore] and Sean [Connery]. It was a very hard one to grasp the meaning of, for me. The violence was never real, the brute force of the man was never palpable. It was quite tame, and the characterization didn't have a follow-through of reality, it was surface. But then that might have had to do with my own insecurities in playing him as well.
17[Being Bond was like being] an ambassador to a small nation. It's the gift that keeps on giving, that allowed me to create my own production company and make my own movies.
18I have no desire to watch myself as James Bond. 'Cause it's just never good enough. It's a horrible feeling.
19[on The Expendables 4] The offer has come in for the next Expendables. I just worked over in Bulgaria with Avi Lerner who makes them. He said, 'Would you like to be in The Expendables? I'd love to have you', and I said, 'Why not?' So we'll see.
20The kill ratio in movies is overwhelming and I never really took the violence in the Bond movies too seriously, the plot was not so real.
21[on the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013] I have deep feelings on the issue. I am so connected to Boston being an Irishman, and now being an American citizen. It has a numbing effect on one's senses and creates deep fear in our hearts and deep sorrow. We are somewhat powerless to do anything, but to extend our sympathy to the victims of such a tragedy and hope that mankind will come to its senses and stop killing each other.
22Assault weapons should be banned without question and guns should be monitored. The gun law in America is absolutely crazy and out of control.
23[on Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)] I still don't know what the movie's about. I honestly couldn't tell you.
24[on working with Jack Nicholson on Mars Attacks! (1996)] I was speechless that morning, working with him. I was having a cup of coffee by the bagels, desperately trying to remember my damn lines. Suddenly I look up and it's Jack. "Hey Pierce," he says. I keep stirring my coffee. Jack Nicholson is talking to me and I'm dumbstruck. Inside my head, I'm yelling at myself: "Jesus, just shake the man's hand." I couldn't move. I was immobilised by the Jack-ness of it all.
25[on The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)] It was trying to enter into the world of Steve McQueen. How do you act The King of Cool? I was so damn nervous before that movie came out in New York. I remember having panic attacks in taxis and thinking, "Jesus Christ, what have we done?" I came out in hives or something. I couldn't breathe. It was terrifying.
26[on playing James Bond] For me, the Bond that I played was caught in a time warp between what had gone before and what Daniel Craig does now. I always felt the restraints of the storytelling and it just didn't have enough bite to it. It was in the writing. The ghosts of Sean Connery and Roger Moore were there for me. It was hard to pull away from that because they were written in such a vernacular of what had gone on prior.
27(On meeting his father for the first time) I was in Ireland doing one of the last episodes of Remington Steele (1982) in '86. He came to the hotel on a Sunday afternoon. I had tea and biscuits ready and, when I opened the door, there he was. Tom. He was a stranger. I expected him to be this very tall man. He was very lively, a wiry bantam cock of a man with great energy. We talked, had a couple of pints of Guinness, he took some photographs, and then he drove off. It was our only contact. The ultimate question was, "Why did you abandon me?" - but I never asked.
28The Fourth Protocol (1987) and Mister Johnson (1990) weren't box-office hits, but they were successes for me. "Mister Johnson" is very close to my heart. Bruce Beresford gave me confidence and direction. Nomads (1986) didn't do anything for me. but it did for John McTiernan. Why didn't it work for me? My beard. I should have gone for a sleeker, more cosmetic image.
29(On the actors he most admires) There's Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Gene Hackman, Spencer Tracy - and Cary Grant.
30(1995, on losing his wife Cassie) I just feel very alive. In losing her, watching a life dwindle down, you could taste life, you could really sense it. Because everything slows down, everything revolved around the house and small accomplishments. And then with her passing and as the pain gets lesser, you realize what you've come through, that you're still breathing, feeling, thinking, making decisions. It's quite euphoric, the feeling. It gives you a great strength.
31(On getting "Bell's palsy" in 1984 directly before going on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962)) I thought I was having a stroke. I remember being in the fucking dressing room beforehand doing my tie up. Suddenly, my face was half-numb and I couldn't close one eye. Then I felt my arm going numb. Oh jeez, I thought, I'm having a stroke, and just then came, "knock, knock ... ready for you now, Mr. Brosnan". It was not a good evening.
32(On his early years in Ireland) I remember being very much a loner. Very solitary childhood. I didn't have the guidance of a mother and father. I remember missing my mother. I used to think she was in the Congo working in this war zone. In reality she was a nurse in London, but I lived in my imagination.
33[on his portrayal of the character of James Bond] I never felt that I really nailed it.
34[on Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)] I remember starting the first day on that film in an aircraft, flying a jet and it was 102 degrees, and I'm wearing a helmet and sweater, and then I'm being strangled over and over again, and I thought, 'Oh my God, this bloody character is going to kill me.' The press tour for that film was 22 countries. When I did it I knew the movie wasn't up to speed; it wasn't as good as GoldenEye (1995) and you have to bang the drum loudly to get the attention.
35Cassie, I think, took it harder than I did. Because you want for your partner in life, you want the best for your partner. It just didn't happen. Timothy Dalton was signed the next day. And I became the guy who coulda been, shoulda been, might have been Bond. [recalling his late wife's reaction to the news that he had lost his chance to play "James Bond"].
36I've always been a bit of a loner. I've always felt like an outsider, and because I didn't have a mother or father figure, I brought myself up. I made my own rules, and from the pain of not having a mother there came the great strength of being able to deal with things on a one-to-one basis throughout my life.
37When 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.
38(On his first trip to America and landing Remington Steele (1982)) The trip to America, it was such a great joy to go there with Cassie, to take that leap of faith and go to the New World -- all that nonsense you read about in books. But, again, it was a liberation. In Los Angeles, I rented a car from Rent-A-Wreck, a lime green Pacer, with a cushion, because the springs were coming through, and I got a map and went on my first interview in Hollywood. Somehow, I found my way out to Laurel Canyon. I got up to the top of Mulholland Drive and the car broke down, blew up. I did eventually get to the interview and saw a casting director from Mary Tyler Moore Productions. Boom! They were looking for "Remington Steele". The last thing I was looking for was a TV series. I went to America thinking I was going to work with Martin Scorsese. Taxi Driver (1976), I'd seen about 10 times and Mean Streets (1973); that's where my brain was at. I was going to do movies. But I needed work. I went through several more interviews and then Cassie and I came home to Wimbledon. Then, the call came: would I return for a screen test? And it was, 'My God, what have we done? What have we done? What are we going to do?' Panic, panic, panic. Don't panic! We'll go to America. We'll take the kids to America. So Cass, the two kids and I hopped on a plane and went to America.
39Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) was a wonderful, beautiful ray of sunshine in my career. For the first time, I was in a studio picture and I was working with wonderful actors who were all working at the top of their game. It allowed me to do comedy and play a character who was viewed as a jerk.
40(1997 quote on his career) I've been very lucky in my life. Very lucky. I have been able to go through quite a few lives and still retain a certain identity and love of life. I have a new life, a new woman, a new baby. I also have a new realization, as a man and as an actor: This is where you belong. It's a great feeling, knowing you don't have to prove yourself or step on tippy toes to be seen or be heard. Just to be comfortable in who you are.
41I've been identified with James Bond or Thomas Crown for so long - suave, elegant, sophisticated men in suits. It's like you've been giving the same performance for 20 years.
42[2005] A few years ago I would have said I could imagine playing James Bond in a more ferocious way. Like a sort of Quentin Tarantino character - but now, at 52, I am definitely too old.
43It would have been great to light up and smoke cigarettes, for instance. It would have been great to have the killing a little bit more real and not wussed down. It's all rather bland. I remember doing a sex scene with Halle [Halle Berry] - I mean frolicking in the bed - and there was director Lee Tamahori right under the sheets with us. But the way we ended up doing it was almost like the old days in Hollywood - kissing the girl but still having your feet on the floor.
44It's related to acting really. I wish I had his career. I remember being in Remington Steele (1982) and seeing Bruce Willis go out there and just do it. I thought, "He's making movies and I'm still here". I just remember that. I remember, ironically, in 1986, I remember going into the old La Scala in Malibu. Bruce was there with Demi [Demi Moore], I had just been offered the Bond in '86 and he said to me, "Well done, man, you got out, way to go." I said, "Thanks, Bruce". Of course, two months later I was high and dry without any Bond in my life or even "Remington Steele". The next thing I see him and he's off doing his feature films. I always wanted to do movies. I've stopped trying to pick myself. Hopefully, you reach a point in life where you leave yourself alone and make peace with your shortcomings, whatever they may be. Education is something for me. I left school at fifteen, sixteen, so I'm always feeling like I got to catch up, got to catch up, got to catch up. That's something that, you know, you find yourself in a meeting and you're like, oh boy, we're going into deep waters. I haven't read that piece of literature, that's a piece of information I should have known.
45[on success] I've worked for it, and I wanted it. I had good luck and a bit of talent somewhere in the back pocket that I could kind of polish and nurture, but I dreamt and wished for all of this, then you get all of that and you've just got to show up and work. Hopefully you can stay at the table.
46There's nothing like going off and doing a film in Nigeria, Papua New Guinea or Santa Fe, it's the best and most exhilarating. I mean it sorts the men from the boys, really, where you have to figure out who really wants to do it and who's good at their job. When you go off to distant locations, especially if they're tough, it weeds those people out, but hopefully you don't have to weed anybody out, because you've got everybody on board who really wants to go out and work hard - fourteen-, sixteen-, eighteen-hour days in the wilderness, in a great city or some backwater, but those are the best.
47[on Seraphim Falls (2006)] I've always wanted to do a western, growing up as a boy in Ireland watching cowboys and Indians. When I left and went to London, Clint Eastwood came into my life with all of the great films that he made, and then of course I got my education in cinema and John Ford. The Irish are very much steeped in the cowboy genre, and historically of course we have the great rift of the civil war. Shooting the film entirely on location in Santa Fe enhanced my performance, because it's just you and the landscape. This is a story of two very hollow men, men who have lost everything in life due to war. There's nowhere to hide in a story like this and nowhere to hide as an actor. So you just hope you've done your homework well and that you've understood the story correctly and leave the rest to chance. It was a physically tough shoot in the sense that you are down in Santa Fe, it's got an elevation and my character is being pursued throughout the film, so I was constantly running, just being pursued on foot or by horseback. And the condition was very cold or extremely hot.
48[on Casino Royale (2006)] I always wanted to go back, because it's the blueprint of Bond's character. It's the one where Fleming [Ian Fleming] really painted in the details of what Bond was about, so I was disappointed that it didn't happen, but you can't go around with that in your heart. It's all such a game really, and you win some, you lose some, you're there, you're not there. Getting the part of Bond and playing the part of Bond was a blessing and a curse, which I think [Sean Connery] has spoken about, and I'm sure Daniel [Daniel Craig] is just getting the full taste of right now. So, you know, one can really only look at the blessings in life.
49[on Casino Royale (2006)] 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.
50I was young, frivolous, and full of abandon - a hippie with long hair down to my shoulders and a little goatee beard. Why? Because I thought I was gay. But no, I'm not gay.
51I think Daniel [Daniel Craig] is a very fine actor. These are rocky waters, but I think he will have the last laugh. You get twisted some way or another if you throw yourself into it. There's going to be mishaps.
52[on George Lazenby] George seems to be an unhappy camper about Bond. He gets pissy and spits the dummy out. Tim [Timothy Dalton] was fantastic. He really had the balls to go out there and play it on the nose - Ian Fleming undiluted. But where were the laughs? Sean [Sean Connery] was brilliant, he played it dead on the money. And Roger [Roger Moore] really made it his own and went for the laughs. I think those two were the best.
53People should be allowed to marry and gay marriage should be out there. If a man or a woman has a good partner and they love each other with their heart and soul, let them marry. I am very much for gay marriage. I think the rest is censorship and conflict and really no one else's business.
54[on the widely criticized federal government response to Hurricane Katrina] This man called President Bush [George W. Bush] has a lot to answer for. I don't know if this man is really taking care of America. This government has been shameful.
55You're not even allowed to show a bloody nipple. It's pathetic. What Bond needs is a good, palpable killing sequence and a good sex scene - and it doesn't have to be graphic, you can use your imagination. We had a good one in The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) - a really classy, sexy scene.
56I was trained as an actor and I was led to believe that I had a number of performances in me. The fact that I've just given the same performance, well, maybe . . . If I can get away with it, why not? But I've reached a point now where I'd better start trying to find some performances and challenge myself.
57It never felt real to me. I never felt I had complete ownership over Bond. Because you'd have these stupid one-liners - which I loathed - and I always felt phony doing them. I'd look at myself in the suit and tie and think, "What the heck am I doing here?" Such sentiments were nothing new. That was always the frustrating thing about the role. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson play it so safe. The pomposity and rigmarole that they put directors through is astounding . . . I can do anything I want to do now. I'm not beholden to them or anyone. I'm not shackled by some contracted image.
58It never made it in to the papers, but I've had my face sliced open by a stuntman and a knee injury. But it's all part and parcel of being Bond.
59I have nothing against Republicans, but this government has made decisions which we are to suffer the consequences of for a long, long time. You want to have faith in your leaders but it's very hard to have faith in President George W. Bush. Look at what he's done to the environment and this savage war that has started. You speak up as an actor and people will shoot you down hard and fast. But you don't speak as an actor. You speak as a man, a working actor with a family.
60When you look at Ian Fleming's work, it's there on the page. The martinis, the drugs, the cigarettes, the casino, the blood on the hands. But they never went there. Hopefully, they will go there with Daniel [Daniel Craig]. They have the product, they have the man, and I'm sure they will.
61[on former James Bond George Lazenby] George is just an angry, old, pissed-off guy. He was never an actor, but some pissed-off Aussie who doesn't know how to show his feminine side. I met him, and he's got that kind of brittle edge to him.
62[March 2004] They're too scared. They feel they have to top themselves in a genre which is just spectacle and a huge bang for your buck. But I think you can have your cake and eat it. You can have real character work, a character storyline and a thriller aspect and all kinds of quips, asides, the explosions and the women. We're just saturated with too many overblown action films with no plot. That's ludicrous. It's so damn crazy! That's absolutely sheer lunacy because "Casino Royale" is the blueprint of the Bond character. You find out more about James Bond in that book than in any of the other books. I would love to do a fifth Bond and then bow out, but if this last one is to be my last, then so be it. My contract is up. They can do it or not.
63Being an actor in Hollywood involves lots of things beyond acting. Charm really helps. And it's a good idea to incorporate a little Bond into all your dealings.
64Bond is an enigma. He's smooth and bigger than life, but he's vague as a personality. It's a little like doing a period piece. Look, I'm thankful, the role made me an international star. I've been in the backwaters of Papua New Guinea and heard, "Hey, Bond."
65To my eye, women get sexier around 35. They know a thing or two, and knowledge is always alluring.
66I know most actors say otherwise, but I like sex scenes. Bond was supposed to be this great lover, but I always found the love scenes in those movies a little dull. It's lovely to work out the fantasy of it all in celluloid and then go home to my wife.
67There was only one Bond for me, and it was Sean Connery. That made the role daunting.
68. . . there's that lovely line from that wonderful epic picture that I made called Grey Owl (1999) where they say to Archie Belaney, "A man becomes what he dreams. You have dreamed well." Part of the dreams go back to my childhood and when I left Ireland in 1964, I discovered the cinema. One of the first films I saw was Goldfinger (1964) - I didn't want to be James Bond but the seed of cinema and pictures was sown there in Putney High Street. And then I discovered Clint Eastwood and Steve McQueen and the movies.
69And certainly in those dark days, in the '50s in Ireland, if you were a single parent living in that society, you were somewhat shamed and stigmatized. I can certainly relate it to my parents, especially my mother. The old man took to the hills and my mother never saw him again, and suddenly you are spoken about in the Sunday service in church, never directly but they would bring up the issue of being a single parent and of marriage falling apart.
70I think that all the films I've ever made are personal, even James Bond, because it's so much of myself, so much of who I am as a man and as an actor. You have to invest yourself in every character that you portray.
71[on why, after the 1987 demise of Remington Steele (1982), he appeared in a series of movies that were box-office flops] I had to make a living. I had the mortgage to pay, I had the school fees to pay. I had bread and butter to put on the table. You know your worth as an actor, but you have to get a job.
72[about the movie industry] There's too many people in seats of power who just haven't got a clue what they're doing. They're bean counters, and it just pisses me off because consequently our kids go to see this crap movie . . . there's nothing with meaningfulness.
73[on why he thinks he would have regretted winning the James Bond role in 1986] It's a role better suited to someone who is in his 40s, old enough to have the confidence and the sophistication and strength to be able to stand there and just let the moment sit. Bond is a man with the greatest of confidence. And playing that takes practice. In 1986 I think I was 33 or something like that, and I still looked like a baby. Finally, I'm growing into this face of mine. That takes time.
74[about his deceased wife, Cassandra Harris] Cassie has made me the man I am, the actor I am, the father I am. She's forever embedded in every fiber of my being.
75[on his good looks] I don't see myself as the "Hunk of the Month".
76[on his marriage to Cassandra Harris] Our marriage gives me a stability that makes me feel that I can tackle the world.

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1Has a scar on the right side above his top lip. He was hit by a stunt man on the making of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

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