For as long as the James Bond franchise continues to run, Pierce Brosnan’s name will continue to gain attention. His portrayal of the now legendary suave super spy, with almost an indestructible demeanor laced with a penchant for romance, cemented him as one of Hollywood’s premier actors.
Notably, he is the fifth man to play the role of James Bond in the series. With an acting career spanning over three decades, the multi-talented actor has starred in several blockbuster and thriller movies. For his remarkable performances, Pierce has recorded several awards in his name. Irish by birth and American by citizenship, he was made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.
A Look At Pierce Brosnan’s Early Career
Soon after he graduated from the Drama Centre in 1975, the actor got his first job as an acting assistant stage manager at the York Theatre Royal. He later made his first stage performance in a stage play, Wait Until Dark. Shortly after that, he got his first screen role as McCabe in the movie, The Red Devil Battery Sign. His performance in the movie was able to catapult him into the limelight.
Pierce Brosnan also played minor roles in different films and TV series before he became a regular face on the TV screen. He earned his first Golden Globe Award nomination in 1985 following his role in the miniseries, Nancy Astor. He also garnered fame through his appearance on other films such as Remington Steele and The Fourth Protocol, among others. Subsequently, the actor, who first saw the James Bond film Gold Finger at the age of 11, never knew that in the nearest future, he would get to play the same role.
He Landed The Bond Role By A Struck Of Luck
In 1980, Brosnan accompanied his then-lover Cassandra Harris to the Greek island of Corfu, where she was filming her role as Countess Lisl for the Bond film For Your Eyes Only. This trip would come to define his acting career forever. Unknown to many, the producer Cubby Broccoli was silently on the lookout for a guy to replace Roger Moore whenever he decided to retire from playing agent 007. Cassandra introduced Brosnan to Broccoli and immediately settled on him as the man to take the baton from Moore.
He made his James Bond debut in 1995’s GoldenEye, which was the seventeenth in the James Bond series and also the first in the series not to be based on works of novelist Ian Fleming. GoldenEye was a success on all fronts, grossing US$350 million worldwide. His next Bond role was in 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies, which was equally successful, grossing $333 million at the Box office. Next was The World Is Not Enough, which was released in 1999.
In 2002, Brosnan appeared for the fourth time as Bond in Die Another Day. Probably one of the most criticized James Bond films, Die Another Day, came under fire for being a bit too dramatic and unfamiliar, it had an invisible car, an appearance from music superstar Madonna cameo, and a scene of Bond surfing a title wave. Despite the criticisms for its outlandishness, the film grossed over $431 million on a budget of $142 million. This was the last James Bond franchise Pierce Brosnan would appear in after he had contractual disagreements with the producers bothering on his earnings.
Brosnan Has Had A Satisfying Post Bond Career
After the end of his Bond sojourn, Brosnan had an opportunity to showcase his talents in other roles different from the swashbuckling, ruthless spy many had stereotyped him to be. His first Post-Bond role was as Daniel Rafferty in 2004 romantic comedy Laws of Attraction. His next major role was that of Julian Noble, a neurotic assassin in 2005’s The Matador.
Probably one of his biggest projects was playing the role of a UK Prime Minister in the 2010 Franco-British political thriller The Ghost Writer. Pierce has featured in a couple of other good movies, including The Knight’s Daughter, No Escape, Spinning Man. Through the years of his career, Pierce has been rewarded for his many works both on the screen and for his charitable acts. He was rewarded with the Irish Film and Television Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003 and was also made an honorary Officer of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen of England.
This title also explains the reason behind the abbreviation ‘OBE’ found after his name. He also received honorary degrees from the Institute of Technology, Dublin, and the University College Cork in the year 2002 and 2003, respectively. He has also provided a voice for different animated characters. That said, the movie star currently has a net worth of $100 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
Pierce Brosnan Has Been Married Twice
Pierce’s love life started with Cassandra Harris, the two dated for three years before eventually getting married on December 27, 1980. Three years after their union, they welcomed their son, Sean Brosnan. Meanwhile, Cassandra was previously married to Dermot Harris and had two children – Charlotte and Christopher with him. However, upon Dermot’s death, the couple decided to take full responsibility for her other children.
Sadly, Cassandra passed on in 1991 after battling Ovarian cancer, an ailment she was diagnosed with in 1987. Her death was quite devastating for Pierce, who later took to hard drugs and cocaine to help him fight his depression. Later on, Charles Charlotte and Pierce had to undergo a rehabilitation process to heal from their past.
Three years after that, he gave love another chance with Keely Shaye Smith, despite vowing severally that he would never remarry or fall in love again. They tied the knot in 2001, and their wedding was held at Ballintubber Abbey, Ireland.
The amazing couple has two sons, Dylan and Paris Brosnan. When it looked like all was going well, Pierce’s daughter, Charlotte died on June 28, 2013. She died after a long battle with ovarian cancer. Brosnan currently lives in Malibu, California, with his family.