Pierce Brendan Brosnan OBE is an Irish actor, film producer and environmentalist. After leaving comprehensive school at 16, Brosnan began training in commercial illustration. He then went on to train at the Drama Centre in London for three years. Following a stage acting career he rose to popularity in the television series Remington Steele. After Remington Steele, Brosnan appeared in films such as The Fourth Protocol and Mrs. Doubtfire. In 1995, he became the fifth actor to portray secret agent James Bond in the Eon Productions film series, starring in four films between 1995 and 2002. He lent his likeness for Bond in the video games James Bond 007: Nightfire and James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing, also providing his voice for the latter. During this period, he also took the lead in other films such as Dante's Peak and the remake of The Thomas Crown Affair. After leaving the role of Bond, he has starred in such successes as The Matador, Mamma Mia!, and The Ghost Writer. In 1996, along with Beau St. Clair, Brosnan formed Irish DreamTime, a Los Angeles-based production company. In later years, he has become known for his charitable work and environmental activism.
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Hello. Pierce here.
My latest film is The November Man. You can view the official trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1YoByDi_Cg
It's in theaters next Wednesday, August 27th.
Here with Victoria from reddit to take your questions. AMA.
Edit Well, thanks to one and all out there who have supported my career all these years. I am forever grateful to you. I really, sincerely, hope you enjoy The November Man. I shall carry on doing my best to entertain you all. And love life! Be lucky! Do good things.
I think I can speak for an entire generation of people to say thank you as we grew up with you as our Bond, and I think you brought something to the screen that no other Bond was capable of. You had the charm and wit of a dashing playboy, but still had the suave and confident action hero spy moves to go along with it. Every Bond has their strengths, but I think you carried the franchise back into popularity.
So my question is what is your favorite Bond movie? Both yours and not yours?
My movies would be the GoldenEye, I love that movie, it was the first one out the gate, so to speak. And then Goldfinger, because it was the first James Bond film I saw as a boy, fresh off the plane from Ireland in 1964. Thank you for the compliment.
For England, James?
For Ireland, Pierce.
I had no problems with killing 006. He deserved it. He got in the way, was in the way, and had to be done in. Poor Sean. What can I say?
Hello Mr. Brosnan!
How would James Bond take down Jason Bourne?
With one bullet.
Were you offered lifetime Aston Martin privileges like Daniel Craig?
They gave me an Aston Martin, I have a beautiful Aston Martin, but not sure what the privileges are.
'Mrs. Doubtfire' is one of the all time great comedies. Could you share a funny or interesting story about working with Robin Williams?
Robin Williams, I adored him. He will be forever in my heart, and making Mrs. Doubtfire was one of those joyous jobs that doesn't come around that often. Every day was an adventure with Robin. You never knew what was going to come out of the man's mouth. I didn't work with Robin Williams, I worked with Mrs. Doubtfire. He gave me a letter bound copy of the screenplay of Mrs. Doubtfire with an inscription saying "Thank you for putting up with this foulmouthed old bag." because he would be foul, just go off and do standup routines, you know? As Mrs. Doubtfire. Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire doing a riff on Imelda Marcos' shoes.
Would it really be that bad of a thing to die by Famke Janssen squeezing the life out of you with her legs?
Hehe. When that time comes... it would be nice to go with Famke. Love Famke Janssen.
have you checked for a button under the gear stick cap?
There is no button under the gear stick, no. Thank heavens.
Did you get that Jaw of yours seen to?
Oh that's crazy! I love it. This is the first time I've seen this piece of artwork. I think it has a rather delightful neanderthal look to it.
What was it like getting hit in the head with that lime in Mrs. Doubtfire? Robin Williams looks like he had a pretty good arm – how many tries before that direct hit? Are there any other memorable moments from the set with Robin?
Also, as a 90’s kid I have to say that you are my James Bond. Thank you for those films!
That was take 2 of it you saw in the movie. I thought we were going to be there all day, the first one whizzed by my head, and the second one is what you see in the film. The whole experience was a great joy. Working with Robin everyday, and Sally Field, and Chris Columbus, completely memorable.
what were your thoughts when you read the script for mars attacks? It's a very whacky movie and you did a hilarious job in it!
Well, I love the world of Tim Burton. I just think he's a unique storyteller and director on the Hollywood stage, or any kind of cinematic stage, come to that. I thought that the idea of turning bubblegum cards about Martians taking over the world, making it into a movie with an ensemble cast, was just a brilliant idea.
PIERCE! Loved you in Goldeneye, so glad to see you're back in the spy game for November Man!
How do you take your vodka martinis in real life?
Straight up with a twist.
Hey Pierce-last month my wife and I ran into you on our Honeymoon at a hotel in Kauai on the balcony. You were there with your son who just got a haircut and you were gracious enough to take a picture of my wife and I.
We never let on that we recognized you because we didn't want to bother you while you were with your son.
Does ever happen? Did you wonder if we recognized you?
Well, as seeing as there were only 4 of us standing on the balcony, yes. Yes to both questions. And hope the marriage is going well.
Do you dread meeting people in swivel chairs?
I like all people in swivel chairs.
What's your favorite place to visit when you're in Ireland?
County Kerry. Brosnan, the Brosnan clan come from Kerry. My old man Tom Brosnan was a kind man. And the Brosnans run deep in that part of the world. It's one of the most gorgeous parts of Ireland.
What is the proper way to take a cup of tea?
Well, you have to warm the pot, it's essential that you warm the pot. And a spoon of tea for each person, and one for luck. let it brew a couple of minutes, and then you pour the tea in, and then you pour the milk in. Sugar, if that is your desire.
You were a great Bond but I always thought you'd make for a great Batman. Were you ever approached for that role?
Yes, I did. I went and met with Tim Burton for the role of Batman. 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...
What is your favorite animal?
The dog. I just love dogs. I've had many dogs in my life, and my dog now, Shiloh, is a rescue dog from Hawaii, and we have another new rescue dog right now, and their companionship is... unquestionably sound and meaningful.
You wore an Omega Seamaster in your Bond films and a Panerai in After the Sunset.
What's in your personal watch collection? Mind showing us a picture?
Panerais are magnificent timepieces. Omegas are magnificent timepieces. The one I'm wearing right now is Blancpain and it's from my wife. And has an inscription on the back of it, which says "Time flies on love's wings. Happy 50th." So I have a collection of about 15 watches, and they are all beautiful timepieces which I have collected. I love watches.
Mr. Brosnan, it is an honor to be here today, throwing my question into the mix. As a 30-something man, you were the Bond I grew up with, and I’m a big fan of your entire body of work as a result (Bond-bias, I suppose). My favorite film of yours is The Matador. I thought the character of Julian was fantastic, and during many of the scenes, you really seemed to be having fun playing up Julian’s lewd disposition and crippling insecurity (a total 180 from Bond). Since this came just three years after your last 007 outing, I was wondering if it was especially amusing for you to play an international man of mystery who was the opposite of James Bond in almost every regard?
Richard Shepherd who wrote & directed the Matador really came bearing gifts. He sent the script to me as a writing sample of his work, because he was hoping to do Thomas Crown too. And I loved his script The Matador so much that we went and made the movie in Mexico City. And Julian is just one of those audacious characters that gives an actor that wonderful kind of opportunity to be an unexpected surprise.
You seem to have a lot of running projects right now, are you in your 'second breath' life period now?
November Man is one of 7 films that I've done in the last 2 years, so it's been a very productive time. And this is Irish dreamtime (my production company's) our 10th film together, and my producing partner and I have made films like The Matador, The Thomas Crown Affair, and the November Man is a film we are deeply proud of.
What happens when two actors who have played Bond meet? Do you talk? Laugh? Fight?
Well, I haven't met my colleagues, my fellow James Bond colleagues in a long time. Daniel and I, you know, there was a time in our lives when I was moving on from Bond and he was moving in, and we discussed just the sheer amount of work that was at hand and the joy of playing this role, and I always wished him good fortune and wanted the best for this man because he's such a fantastic actor, Daniel. And he is a Bond for his time, and will be remembered with such strength of will and charisma.
Who would you describe as your idol, or hero, growing up?
How do you keep your fantastic hair so well coiffed, no matter how disheveled you get it's always perfect. Also I hold out hope that there is some sort of secret yearly gathering of all the James Bond actors, can you confirm this? If not can you make this happen and take pictures?!
There's no secret gathering that I know of. And thank you for the compliments about my hair. Just good irish DNA.
Mr. Brosnan, welcome!
I was wondering what you favorite book is?
Thanks so much!
Grapes of Wrath.
What hobbies or leisure activities do you enjoy in your downtime?
I play tennis, paddle board, go biking, hiking, golf. And I paint.
Pierce, I love your work. You re-vitalized the bond series and brought me into my teen years with "Thomas Crown Affair." Thanks. Did you ever get to keep any of the bond gadgets? Whats your favorite piece of set memorabilia? Good luck with the new film, I'll be sure to see it!
I only kept one piece of memorabilia from the Bond movies, and it's a credit card that also doubles as a lock pick. And that's it, really.
If you had to choose one car that you used in the james bond movies that you starred, which one would you choose?
I have one. The Aston Martin Vanquish.
You seem to favor the slick heist genre. What would be your personal master heist and how would you do it?
Oh, there are a few paintings that I love & cherish very much.
I think it would be remiss of me to go into any further detail than that.
And there are a number of museums around the world that lend themselves to a theatrical production of Thomas Crown again...
You seem like a cool guy. Question is, what was the last film you teared up at?
I watched a film with Michael Caine the other day, called Last Love, and I thought it was a very tender piece. Michael got me.
Hi Mr Brosnan,
I have to make a dish for a family potluck this weekend. Do you have any recommendations?
Hi Pierce. How are ya doing today?
I'm doing really well today, thank you. I'm having an enjoyable time in New York City. I love this city, I'm very proud of everyone's work in November Man, so it's very wonderful to be able to celebrate this film with you all in New York City.
Hi Pierce whats it like to work with Aaron Paul and who is your favourite Bond?
And if you're stranded on an island, you get to choose between a mermaid, or the reverse of one (top half fish, bottom half human). What do you choose?
Oh, working with Aaron Paul & Toni Collette & Imogen Poots on The Long way down was one of those rare occasions when you are working with actors that become family in your life. Aaron is such a gifted young actor and has such a magnificent countenance and a voice. I wish the world for him. He works hard, and is disciplined. A great soul, very cool.