Pierce Brendan Brosnan, OBE (born May 16, 1953) is an Irish film actor and producer. He is best known for his portrayal of the James Bond character in four films: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day. He is credited with reviving the Bond franchise after the critically acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful films starring Timothy Dalton.
Brosnan was born in Navan, County Meath in the Republic of Ireland, and was raised in England. In the mid-1980s, he became a star in the USA as the title character of the NBC detective series Remington Steele.
He was first offered the role of James Bond when Roger Moore left the role, but was unable to accept due to his commitment to Remington Steele, and so the role went to Timothy Dalton.
Brosnan is aware of the dangers of becoming typecast as James Bond, and asked Eon Productions when he took on the role to be allowed time off between films to work on another project. This request was granted, and Brosnan usually appears in two other films for every time he plays James Bond.
In July 2003 it was announced that he had been awarded an Honorary OBE by Queen Elizabeth II for an "outstanding contribution to the British film industry". As an Irish citizen he is ineligible to receive a full honour, which can only be awarded to a British subject.
Brosnan's first wife Cassandra Harris died of cancer in 1991 after 11 years of marriage. In 2001 he married Keely Shaye Smith.
Brosnan's appearance in the next James Bond film (still only with the title Bond-21) was the subject of major press speculation early in 2004. The Daily Mail published an article in February 2004 claiming that Brosnan had been sacked and that Eon were looking for a newer, younger actor, based on an un-named source within Eon. This was duly picked up by newspapers and websites across the world. After a few days, the rumour was officially denied by a range of people: by Eon themselves, by Brosnan, and by the agent of Hugh Jackman, who had been widely touted to replace Brosnan.
Brosnan has, however, stated that Bond-21 will be his final outing: perhaps mindful that it is often said that Roger Moore waited too long before resigning and looked far too old for the role by the end. He will be about 55 by Bond-22. There is a persistent rumour going around that James Purefoy, who screen-tested to be Bond for GoldenEye but was beaten in favour of Brosnan, is favourite to star in Bond-22.
The Long Good Friday (1980)
The Fourth Protocol (1987)
Mister Johnson (1990)
The Lawnmower Man (1992)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Love Affair (1994)
The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Dante's Peak (1997)
Robinson Crusoe (1997)
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Quest for Camelot (1998)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
The World Is Not Enough (1999)
The Tailor of Panama (2001)
Die Another Day (2002)
Laws of Attraction (2004)