(born May 16, 1953) is an Irish actor, working since the late '70s/Early '80s.
Born in County Louth
, Brosnan spent the first twelve years of his life in Navan, County Meath. Brosnan was an only child. His mother worked in London
as a nurse to provide for him, seeing him only once or twice a year. His biological father abandoned the family when Brosnan was a baby. Until the age of twelve, Brosnan was raised by various relatives and at a boarding house. By the age of twelve, Brosnan moved out of Ireland to live with his mother and her new husband, first living in Scotland and then going on to live in London, where Brosnan would live until his late twenties (losing his natural Irish accent in the process). One of the first films his new step-father took him to see was Goldfinger
, which left an indelible impression on him.
One of Brosnan's first film roles
was as an IRA hitman in the film The Long Good Friday
. Following this and several other small roles, including the film The Mirror Crack'd
alongside Elizabeth Taylor
and Rock Hudson, and a small part in an episode of Hammer House Of Horror
, Brosnan moved to America to pursue a film career, eventually landing the lead role in Remington Steele
Throughout his tenure on Remington Steele, Brosnan was often thought of as the perfect actor to play James Bond. He was offered the role twice, first in 1986 for The Living Daylights
, which he had to turn down due to contractual obligations. The second time for Golden Eye
, which ended up being the first of four times he would play the character, to great acclaim. His first wife Cassandra Harris played Countess Liesl van Schlaf in For Your Eyes Only
, saying even then that he'd be perfect as Bond. Sadly, she didn't live to see it happen, passing away in 1991.
Brosnan seems to particularly like playing flawed spies and thieves, but he has played a variety of roles, not always with the suave sophistication he is noted for. Many sources have referred to him as a next generation Cary Grant
, alongside George Clooney
He has an honorary OBE for his contribution to the British Film Industry, however he's ineligible to receive the full OBE honour as he's not a citizen of the Commonwealth realms (Despite having lived in England for nearly twenty years he was never a citizen there)
Tropes relating to Pierce Brosnan and his work:
- Anti-Hero: James Bond. Brosnan also has a tendency to play loveable rogues.
- Disappeared Dad: His own father up and left the family when Brosnan was just a baby. They didn't meet until Remington Steele came to Ireland for a shoot. Incidentally, Brosnan is just the opposite of this, not only being there for his own biological children but adopting and raising his late wife's children as well.
- Even the Guys Want Him
- Fake Brit: To the point of Typecasting, even before he played James Bond.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: While Brosnan's accent is noticeably an English-Irish hybrid, he has a tendency to pronounce the letter 'R' the Irish way (i.e. 'Orr' instead of 'Are'). This is noticeable in Remington Steele, where Brosnan says RKO as 'Orr-Kay-Oh'. He was thankful that John Cleese had been promoted from R to Q for Die Another Day, as he was fearful of this trope.
- Screwed by the Network: Brosnan first got offered the Bond role in 1986 with The Living Daylights. He did a screen test and a lot of promotional materials for the film, as well as a gunbarrel sequence but ultimately he had to give up the role when NBC, looking to capitalise on his new-found success, renewed Remington Steele for a fifth season. Rather than let NBC ride on EON's coattails, they simply refused to let Brosnan be Bond. Fortunately it worked out for the best, as Timothy Dalton won the part (EON had been trying to get him since 1968) and Brosnan eventually got the part for Golden Eye.
- Villain Protagonist: Brosnan also has a tendency to play not-so-loveable rogues. Notably, in The Tailor of Panama he got to play something of an Anti-Bond, as Osnard is Bond taken Up to Eleven.