'''Pierce Brosnan''' (born May 16, 1953) is an Irish actor, working since the late '70s/Early '80s.

Born in [[{{UsefulNotes/Ireland}} County Louth]], Brosnan spent the first twelve years of his life in Navan, County Meath. Brosnan was an only child. His mother worked in [[{{UsefulNotes/London}} 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 {{Film/Goldfinger}}, which left an indelible impression on him.

One of Brosnan's [[RetroactiveRecognition first film roles]] was as an IRA hitman in the film Film/TheLongGoodFriday. Following this and several other small roles, including the film [[Literature/TheMirrorCrackdFromSideToSide The Mirror Crack'd]] alongside Creator/ElizabethTaylor and Rock Hudson, and a small part in an episode of [[Film/HammerHorror Hammer House Of Horror]], Brosnan moved to America to pursue a film career, eventually landing the lead role in Series/RemingtonSteele.

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 Film/TheLivingDaylights, which he had to turn down due to contractual obligations. The second time for Film/GoldenEye, 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 ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', 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 Creator/CaryGrant, alongside Creator/GeorgeClooney.

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)

!!Partial Filmography:
* Film/TheLongGoodFriday: Brosnan's first film role.
* Series/RemingtonSteele: His first StarMakingRole.
* TheLawnmowerMan
* Film/MrsDoubtfire
* Film/JamesBond in four films:
** Film/GoldenEye: His second StarMakingRole
** Film/TomorrowNeverDies
** Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough
** Film/DieAnotherDay
* Film/MarsAttacks
* Film/DantesPeak
* Film/TheThomasCrownAffair1999
* Film/TheTailorOfPanama
* Theatre/MammaMia - the film
* Film/SeraphimFalls
* Film/RememberMe
* Film/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians
* [[Film/TheWorldsEnd The World's End]]
* Film/NoEscape
!!Tropes relating to Pierce Brosnan and his work:
* AntiHero: James Bond. Brosnan also has a tendency to play loveable rogues.
* DisappearedDad: 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.
* EvenTheGuysWantHim
* FakeBrit: To the point of Typecasting, even before he played Film/JamesBond.
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: 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 JohnCleese had been promoted from R to Q for ''Film/DieAnotherDay'', as he was fearful of this trope.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Brosnan first got offered the Bond role in 1986 with ''Film/TheLivingDaylights''. 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 Creator/TimothyDalton won the part (EON had been trying to get him since 1968) and Brosnan eventually got the part for ''Film/GoldenEye''.
* VillainProtagonist: 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 UpToEleven.