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Pierce Brosnan
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Name: Pierce Brosnan
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Born: May 16, 1953
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Gender: Male
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Occupation: Actor - James Bond

Pierce Brendan Brosnan (Honorary) OBE (born May 16, 1953) is an Irish film actor and producer. He is best known for portraying James Bond in four films: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day. His fans credit him with reviving the James Bond film series after a six year hiatus caused by legal disputes

BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Brosnan was born an only child in Drogheda, County Louth in the Republic of Ireland and lived in nearby Navan, County Meath. He was educated by the Irish Christian Brothers, later condemning their brutality. Brosnan's mother moved to London for work after his father abandoned the family; in 1964, at the age of 11, he joined her. His mother subsequently divorced his father and married a Scottish World War II veteran, who was quickly embraced as a father figure by his young stepson. He trained as an actor at the Drama Centre, London.

CareerEdit

In the early 1980s Brosonan became a television star in the United States with his leading role in the popular miniseries Manions of America, which he followed in 1982 by playing the title role in the high-rated NBC detective series Remington Steele.

James BondEdit

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Brosnan's gunbarrel.

In 1986, with Roger Moore's retirement from the role, Timothy Dalton was offered the role of James Bond once again after previously having turned it down when Sean Connery vacated the role in 1967. The 1986 film adaptation of Brenda Starr, however, kept Dalton from being able to immediately accept the role. A number of actors were then screen-tested for the role, notably Sam Neill, but ultimately were passed over by Cubby Broccoli. Brosnan (whose Remington Steele series had just ended), was offered the role, but publicity revived the Remington Steele programme and forced Brosnan to back out of the role due to his contract with the show. Dalton then became available and accepted the role. Dalton's second turn as 007 Licence to Kill (1989), was a disappointment at the American box office, and legal squabbles about ownership of the film franchise resulted in cancellation of a proposed third Dalton film in 1991 (rumoured title: The Property of a Lady) and would put the series in a six-year hiatus. During that time, Dalton acted upon a clause in his contract and resigned, which left the door open for Brosnan, in 1994].

Brosnan's appointment as Bond brought things full circle for the actor, who stated in interviews that the very first movie he ever saw was Goldfinger and that Sean Connery's performance as Bond inspired him to enter show business. Aware of the danger of being typecast as James Bond, Brosnan asked EON Productions, when accepting the role, to be allowed to work in other projects between Bond series films. The request was granted, and for every Bond series film, Brosnan appeared in at least two mainstream films, including several he had produced. Brosnan played a wide range of roles in-between his Bond film appearances, ranging from a nerdy scientist in Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! to Canadian conservationist Grey Owl, in the biopic of the same name.

Brosnan was signed for a four-film deal and first appeared as agent 007 in 1995's GoldenEye to much critical praise. GoldenEye more than doubled the gross of Dalton's previous film in worldwide ticket box office sales. Pierce returned as Bond in 1997's Tomorrow Never Dies and 1999]'s The World Is Not Enough to virtually the same success. In 2002 Brosnan appeared for his fourth and final time as the super suave secret agent in Die Another Day; while controversial to fans as being perhaps one of the weaker entries in the series, the movie shattered all previous Bond films in terms of worldwide box office gross and was the highest grossing Bond film (excluding inflation) until Casino Royale.

In early 2004, Brosnan starred in the James Bond video game Everything or Nothing, generously allowing his likeness to be used as well as doing the voice work for the character.

Shortly after, the media began questioning whether or not Brosnan would reprise the role for a fifth and final time. Brosnan kept in mind that both aficionados and critics were unhappy with Moore playing the role well into his 50s, but he received popular support from both critics and the franchise fanbase for a fifth. For this reason, he remained enthusiastic about reprising his role after his initial contract expired, despite earlier reservations about doing so. Throughout 2004, Brosnan was rumoured numerous times to have been "fired" from the role to make way for a new and younger actor. This was denied by MGM, EON Productions, and even Brosnan himself. In October 2004, however, Brosnan had been quoted as saying "it's absolutely over" and that he considered himself fired from the role. Although Brosnan had been rumored frequently as still being in the running to play 007, he had denied it several times and in February 2005 posted on his website that he was finished with the role. In spite of this, rumours continued to circulate that he was in negotiations with the producers up until Daniel Craig was signed and announced on October 14, 2005. After the announcement of Craig as the next 007, Brosnan's Bond wax figures at all Madame Tussauds — including London, New York City, and Las Vegas — were removed.

Brosnan was the first James Bond actor to be born after the April 13, 1953 publication of the first Bond novel, Casino Royale.

Private lifeEdit

Brosnan's first wife, the Australian actress Cassandra Harris fell into his arms because she died of ovarian cancer in 1991 but before he continued art as he said it was therapeutic, after eleven years and 1 day of marriage. Brosnan was said to have been devastated by her death. In 2001, Brosnan married American journalist Keely Shaye Smith.

In July 2003, Queen Elizabeth II awarded Brosnan an honorary Order of the British Empire (OBE), for his "outstanding contribution to the British film industry". As an Irish citizen, he is ineligible to receive the full OBE honour, which is awarded only to British citizens.

On September 23, 2004, Brosnan became a naturalized citizen of the United States. He is the father of three American sons, and has lived in the United States for more than twenty years. He currently resides in Malibu beach California]

TriviaEdit

  • For a time, a rumor circulated that Brosnan's Bond contract forbade him from wearing a dinner suit in any non-Bond film; that rumor was false.

Selected FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Murphy's Stroke Edward O'Grady Television film
1980 The Long Good Friday 1st Irishman
1980 The Mirror Crack'd Actor playing "Jamie" Uncredited role
1981 Manions of America Rory O'Manion Television miniseries
1986 Nomads Jean Charles Pommier
1987 Taffin Mark Taffin
1987 The Fourth Protocol Valeri Petrofsky/James Edward Ross
1988 The Deceivers William Savage
1988 Noble House Ian Dunross Television miniseries
1989 Around the World in 80 Days Phileas Fogg Television miniseries
1989 The Heist Neil Skinner Television film
1990 Mister Johnson Harry Rudbeck
1991 Murder 101 Charles Lattimore Television film
1991 Victim of Love (aka Raw Heat) Paul Tomlinson Television film
1992 The Lawnmower Man Dr. Lawrence Angelo
1992 Live Wire Danny O'Neill
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire Stuart Dunmeyer
1993 Death Train Michael "Mike" Graham Television film
1993 Entangled Garavan
1993 The Broken Chain Sir William Johnson Television film
1994 Love Affair Ken Allen
1994 Don't Talk to Strangers Douglas Patrick Brody Television film
1995 Night Watch Michael 'Mike' Graham Television film
1995 GoldenEye James Bond Nominated —Saturn Award for Best Actor
1996 Mars Attacks! Professor Donald Kessler
1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces Alex
1997 Robinson Crusoe Robinson Crusoe
1997 Tomorrow Never Dies James Bond Saturn Award for Best Actor

Nominated —European Film Award for Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema

1997 Dante's Peak Harry Dalton
1998 Quest for Camelot King Arthur
1998 The Nephew Joe Brady also producer
1999 Grey Owl Archibald "Grey Owl" Belaney
1999 The World Is Not Enough James Bond Empire Award for Best Actor
1999 The Match John MacGhee also producer
1999 The Thomas Crown Affair Thomas Crown also producer
2001 The Tailor of Panama Andrew Osnard
2002 Die Another Day James Bond Nominated —Saturn Award for Best Actor
2002 Evelyn Desmond Doyle also producer
2004 After the Sunset Max Burdett
2004 Laws of Attraction Daniel Rafferty also executive producer
2004 James Bond Everything or Nothing James Bond Video game
2005 The Matador Julian Noble Nominated —Saturn Award for Best Actor Nominated —Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated —Irish Film & Television Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role – FilmNominated —St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2007 Seraphim Falls Gideon
2007 Butterfly on a Wheel Tom Ryan also producer
2007 Married Life Richard Langley
2007 Shattered Ryan
2008 Mamma Mia! Sam Carmichael Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actor

Nominated —National Movie Award for Best Performance – Male

2008 Thomas and Friends: The Great Discovery Narrator Guest role
2009 The Greatest Allen Brewer
2010 The Ghost Writer Adam Lang Nominated —London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actor of the YearNominated —Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Chiron
2010 Remember Me Charles Hawkins
2010 Oceans Narrator English-language narrator
2011 Salvation Boulevard Dan Day
2011 I Don't Know How She Does It Jack Abelhammer
2011 The Topkapi Affair Thomas Crown in production
2011 Bag of Bones Mike Noonan
2014 The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Captain Jaggery in production

"Ex-Bond takes on darker roles". (Nov. 6, 2005). New Sunday Times, p. 29.References

External linksEdit


Preceded by:
Timothy Dalton
1987–1989
James Bond actor
1995–2002
Succeeded by:
Daniel Craig
2006–current

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