Pierce Brosnan
Actor
Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brendan Brosnan is an Irish actor, film producer and environmentalist. After leaving school at 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration, but trained 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). After Remington Steele, Brosnan took the lead in many films such as Dante's Peak and The Thomas Crown Affair.
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Everything You Need To Know Before Sunday's Golden Globes, Including Who Will Win
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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James Bond wouldn't use this Indian breath freshener, and Pierce Brosnan says he wouldn't either
LATimes - 4 months
An ad for a breath freshener in India has left Pierce Brosnan both shaken and stirred. The former James Bond star has objected to the “unauthorized and deceptive use” of his image in a marketing campaign for Pan Bahar, a brand of the Indian-made mouth freshener called pan masala. Brosnan said he...
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Blink And You'll Miss Taylor Swift's Brother In New 'I.T.' Trailer
Huffington Post - 7 months
Move over, Taylor. There’s another Swift in town. Tay’s brother, 24-year-old Austin Swift, is set to star in Pierce Brosnan’s upcoming thriller, “I.T.” Austin plays a character named Lance in the movie, which comes out Sept. 23.  Lil’ Swift Instagrammed a photo of his character on Thursday, writing: “Grew up loving Pierce Brosnan and John Moore’s films. I never could’ve dreamt I would actually get the chance to work with them.” Grew up loving Pierce Brosnan and John Moore's films. I never could've dreamt I would actually get the chance to work with them. I.T. comes out September 23rd. (link for the trailer in my profile) A photo posted by Austin Swift (@austinkingsleyswift) on Aug 11, 2016 at 5:09pm PDT You can also get a glimpse of Austin in the “I.T” trailer below (he appears around 1:29). The new gig isn’t that much of a surprise, as TSwift announced her little brother’s big role almost a year ago.  “My brother @austi ...
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Confusion in London as Bus Explodes on Bridge
Wall Street Journal - about 1 year
Londoners complained on social media on Sunday about Hollywood filmmakers staging a bus explosion on Lambeth Bridge for a new movie starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan called "The Foreigner." Mark Kelly reports. Image: AP
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The Sports You Play At Work
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Work-life balance. The juggling act for grown-ups. People always complain that working crazy hours keeps them away from things they'd like to do like spend time with family, binge watch 80s wrestling matches or learn that language Chewbacca speaks. Believe it or not you already play a lot of sports at work that you just don't know about. It's true! Here they are. Email Tennis - That epic 5-setter of emails that goes back and forth between you and another person which could easily be avoided by doing what you should do. Calling them or walking over and talking to them. Tell me what desk-job junkie hasn't had an email thread like this. Person A - What are you doing for lunch? Person B - Thinking about Indian Persona A - How about Pakistani? Person B - Aren't they the same? Person A - Yeah. Want to try that new Chinese place on 4th instead? Person B - There's a new Chinese place on 4th? Person A - Yeah. Want to try it? Person B - K. Person A- Nice Person B- ...
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Pierce Brosnan: I was 'kicked to the kerb' as James Bond after Die Another Day
Guardian (UK) - over 1 year
Former 007 describes his ‘shock’ after being dismissed as the charismatic British spy in brief phone call with saga’s producers Pierce Brosnan has revealed he was unceremoniously “kicked to the kerb” by James Bond producers following his final turn as the suave secret agent in 2002’s Die Another Day. Interviewed for a new book, Some Kind of Hero: The Remarkable Story of the James Bond Films, by Matthew Field and Ajay Chowdhury, the Irish actor said his dismissal after four films as 007 came completely out of the blue. Die Another Day was the highest-grossing Bond movie at the time, though the film suffered from derisive reviews. Continue reading...
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Pierce Brosnan Thinks 'Spectre' Is A 'Weak' Bond Film
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Shots fired.  For all those who are singing the praises of the latest James Bond flick, Pierce Brosnan has some choice words for you.  Brosnan, of course, starred as the British super spy in four films from 1995 to 2002 and relinquished his title to current Bond, Daniel Craig. "Spectre," the latest installment in the blockbuster franchise, has continued to crush it's box-office competition since its debut in early November.  In Brosnan's (piercing blue) eyes, however, box-office numbers do not make a good Bond film. The Irish actor sat down with HitFix to promote the DVD release of his film "No Escape" and candidly shared his opinion about Bond's latest adventure.  “I was looking forward to it enormously,” said Brosnan. “I thought it was too long. The story was kind of weak -- it could have been condensed. It kind of went on too long. It really did.” Brosnan seemed to take issue with the direction the franchise has taken since he last picked up a PP7 Special Issue.  ...
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10 of the most incredible vehicles James Bond has ever driven
Yahoo News - over 1 year
Vodka martinis. Perfectly tailored suits. The Walther PPK pistol. There are countless examples of iconic imagery sprinkled throughout the James Bond saga, but perhaps none is more memorable than 007’s choice of transportation. During his lengthy tenure at MI6, Mr. Bond and his adversaries have had the pleasure of driving a wide array of vehicles, ranging from stunning Aston Martins to weaponized submarines to combat aircraft. Some, though, have embraced the oftcampy nature of the British spy films, and it is those automotive oddities that we’d like to focus on here. “Do you expect me to walk?” “No Mr. Bond, I expect you to drive.” Lotus Esprit S1 – The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) Please enable Javascript to watch this video No list of wacky Bond cars would be complete without the Lotus Esprit S1. Nicknamed “Wet Nellie,” the vehicle is a half-car, half-submarine, with the ability to transform into aquatic mode at the push of a button. Its seaworthiness is only part of the equation, though, ...
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Here's Why Piers Morgan Doesn't Want James Bond To Be Gay
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In Piers Morgan's mind, there's no way James Bond could ever be convincingly played as a gay character.  In a column for the Daily Mail, the outspoken media personality argued that the current debate over whether or not the womanizing 007 could be re-cast as, well, a man's man was politically correct "nonsense."  "If James Bond’s gay, then the whole tone of the franchise has to go gay too," he wrote. "His lovers would be gay men, Bond Girls would become Bond Boys." Although "nothing" would be wrong with swapping the gender of Bond's love interests, "I wouldn’t want to watch that, and nor I suspect would the vast majority of Bond movie fans," Morgan wrote. "So the film would tank, and the franchise would die." He pointed to the career of 1980s pop star George Michael, who saw his album sales dip after he came out as a gay man in 1998. (Never mind, of course, that Michael had been arrested for engaging in a lewd act in a Los Angeles park restroom shortly beforehand.)  "H ...
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Here's Why Piers Morgan Doesn't Want James Bond To Be Gay
Huffington Post - over 1 year
In Piers Morgan's mind, there's no way James Bond could ever be convincingly played as a gay character.  In a column for the Daily Mail, the outspoken media personality argued that the current debate over whether or not the womanizing 007 could be re-cast as, well, a man's man was politically correct "nonsense."  "If James Bond’s gay, then the whole tone of the franchise has to go gay too," he wrote. "His lovers would be gay men, Bond Girls would become Bond Boys." Although "nothing" would be wrong with swapping the gender of Bond's love interests, "I wouldn’t want to watch that, and nor I suspect would the vast majority of Bond movie fans," Morgan wrote. "So the film would tank, and the franchise would die." He pointed to the career of 1980s pop star George Michael, who saw his album sales dip after he came out as a gay man in 1998. (Never mind, of course, that Michael had been arrested for engaging in a lewd act in a Los Angeles park restroom shortly beforehand.)  "H ...
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Film Trailer: 'No Escape'
Wall Street Journal - almost 2 years
Watch the trailer for the film "No Escape," starring Pierce Brosnan, Lake Bell and Owen Wilson.
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4 Controversial Movie Castings That Ultimately Resulted in Triumph
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Next year, Ben Affleck will become the sixth man to play Batman in a movie. For the first time ever, The Dark Knight will be on the big screen with the Man Of Steel in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice. According to the Internet Movie Database, it will be out in late March 2016. Two years ago when the casting of Affleck was first announced, there was so much widespread anger and disappointment that a petition was launched to get the Academy Award-winning producer & screenwriter kicked off the project. Why were people so upset about the idea of Affleck playing Batman? One word: Daredevil. While I'm of the belief that you shouldn't judge a casting until you see the performance, I can understand why fans would rather see someone else play The Dark Knight. Daredevil did suck, after all. And Christian Bale, who played Batman in Christopher Nolan's superb trilogy, is a tough act to follow. Somewhat smothered by all the excitement generated by the recent release of the second ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Pierce Brosnan
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 62
    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.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details His Aston Martin V12 Vanquish from the film Die Another Day was destroyed. Notes Citations
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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. He's also set to appear alongside Dave Bautista in Final Score.
  • 2015
    Age 61
    Brosnan married twice, was widowed once and has five children and three grandchildren as of 2015.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Brosnan later starred in a revenge thriller called I.T., which is still yet to be released.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2013
    Age 59
    Brosnan's daughter Charlotte died on 28 June 2013 of ovarian cancer, the same illness that claimed her mother's life.
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    In 2013, Brosnan appeared in television commercials as a tongue in cheek version of himself to promote the launch of Sky Broadband in Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details 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 February 2013 Brosnan was awarded honorary patronage of the Dublin University Players society at Trinity College, Dublin.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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.
  • 2012
    Age 58
    In 2012, Brosnan played the role of Philip in the Danish romantic comedy Love Is All You Need.
    More Details Hide Details 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. His production company Irish DreamTime is developing The Topkapi Affair, a follow-up to The Thomas Crown Affair for MGM.
  • 2010
    Age 56
    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 55
    Also in 2009, Brosnan finished the well-received The Ghost Writer, playing a disgraced British Prime Minister, directed and produced by Roman Polanski.
    More Details Hide Details The film won a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
    In 2009, Brosnan starred in The Big Biazarro, (alternative title The Ace), an adaptation of the Leonard Wise novel, directed by Vondie Curtis-Hall.
    More Details Hide Details Brosnan portrayed a card player who mentors a headstrong protégé.
  • 2008
    Age 54
    In September 2008, Brosnan provided the narration for the Thomas & Friends special The Great Discovery.
    More Details Hide Details He was originally set to narrate for both US and UK from Season 12 and onward, but withdraw from it for unknown reasons.
    In 2008, Brosnan joined Meryl Streep in the film adaption of the ABBA musical Mamma Mia!
    More Details Hide Details He played Sam Carmichael, one of three men rumoured to be the father of lead Amanda Seyfried, while Streep played 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." 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." 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, a donkey, and a wounded raccoon.
  • 2007
    Age 53
    In 2007, Brosnan appeared in the film Seraphim Falls alongside fellow Irishman Liam Neeson.
    More Details Hide Details 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;" Michael Rechtshaffen of The Hollywood Reporter thought that they were "hard-pressed to inject some much-needed vitality into their sparse lines." During the same year, Brosnan spoke of making a western with fellow Irishmen Gabriel Byrne and Colm Meaney. 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.
  • 2006
    Age 52
    In 2006, Brosnan narrated The Official Film of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, directed by Michael Apted.
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  • 2005
    Age 51
    In December 2005, Brosnan was reported to be starring in The November Man, an adaptation of Bill Granger's novel, There Are No Spies. but the project was cancelled in 2007.
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    Brosnan's next film was 2005's The Matador.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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, but lost to Joaquin Phoenix for Walk the Line.
  • 2004
    Age 50
    Brosnan supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election and is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage.
    More Details Hide Details 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, D.C. to help Greenpeace draw attention to the issue. Brosnan boycotted the French GoldenEye premiere to support Greenpeace's protest against the French nuclear testing program. 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 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. In May 2007, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed the facility. Brosnan is also listed as a member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Board of Advisors. Brosnan was named 'Best-dressed Environmentalist' by the Sustainable Style Foundation in 2004.
    Brosnan's first post-Bond role was that of Daniel Rafferty in 2004's Laws of Attraction.
    More Details Hide Details 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 elicited generally negative reviews and a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Since 2004, Brosnan has talked of backing a film about Caitlin Macnamara, wife of poet Dylan Thomas, the title role to be played by Miranda Richardson.
  • FORTIES
  • 2003
    Age 49
    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".
    More Details Hide Details 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 and, a year later, the University College Cork. 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." 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."
  • 2002
    Age 48
    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).
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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." 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, 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. In October 2004, Brosnan said he considered himself dismissed 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.
  • 2001
    Age 47
    They were married in 2001 at Ballintubber Abbey in County Mayo, Ireland.
    More Details Hide Details They have two sons together, Dylan Thomas Brosnan (born 13 January 1997) and Paris Beckett Brosnan (born 27 February 2001).
    He married American journalist and author Keely Shaye Smith in 2001, and became an American citizen in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details 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). Brosnan was born in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda, County Louth, 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. 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.
  • 1997
    Age 43
    Brosnan returned in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies and 1999's The World Is Not Enough, which were also successful.
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  • 1996
    Age 42
    In 1996, Brosnan formed a film production company entitled "Irish DreamTime" along with producing partner and longtime friend Beau St. Clair.
    More Details Hide Details Brosnan and St. Clair released Irish DreamTime's first production, The Nephew, in 1998. One year later, the company's second studio project, The Thomas Crown Affair, was released and met both critical and box office success.
  • 1994
    Age 40
    On 7 June 1994, Brosnan was announced as the fifth actor to play Bond.
    More Details Hide Details 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, the fourth highest worldwide gross of any film in 1995, making it the most successful Bond film since Moonraker, adjusted for inflation. It holds an 78% Rotten tomato rating, while Metacritic holds it at 65%. 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. 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."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1993
    Age 39
    Brosnan denied the rumours in July 1993 but added, "it's still languishing there on someone's desk in Hollywood."
    More Details Hide Details 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. The producers instead hired Timothy Dalton for The Living Daylights (1987), and Licence to Kill (1989). Legal squabbles between the Bond producers and the studio over distribution rights resulted in the cancellation of a proposed third Dalton film in 1991 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.
    In 1993 he played a supporting role in the comedy film Mrs. Doubtfire.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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. 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.
  • 1992
    Age 38
    In 1992, he shot a pilot for NBC called Running Wilde, playing a reporter for Auto World magazine.
    More Details Hide Details Jennifer Love Hewitt played his daughter. The pilot never aired, however.
  • 1987
    Age 33
    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).
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  • 1986
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Brosnan supplemented his income by working in West End productions and in a television film about Irish horse racing. 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." 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.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1982
    Age 28
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Washington Post noted that same year that Brosnan "could make it as a young James Bond."
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His portrayal of Robert Gould Shaw II garnered him a 1985 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
  • 1980
    Age 26
    They married on 27 December 1980 and had one son together, Sean, who was born on 13 September 1983.
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    He was married to Australian actress Cassandra Harris from 1980 until her death in 1991.
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  • 1977
    Age 23
    In 1977 he was picked by Franco Zeffirelli to appear in the play Filumena by Eduardo De Filippo opposite Joan Plowright and Frank Finlay.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1975
    Age 21
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 10
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Carmichael took Brosnan to see a James Bond film for the first time (Goldfinger), at the age of 11. Later moving back to London, Brosnan was educated at Elliott School, a state comprehensive school in Putney, south west London. 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." When he attended school, his nickname was "Irish".
  • 1953
    Born
    Born on May 16, 1953.
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