Stirred but never shaken
Rugged, assured and imbued with a sense of Real vivacity, Pierce brosnan continues to be the embodiment of ian fleming’s bond
While it has been 14 years since Pierce brosnan relinquished his role as James bond, the now 63-year-old still has much of the swagger that made him the obvious choice for the role. it’s been nearly four decades since brosnan’s first hollywood role, when he was cast as the main actor in Remington Steele. now considered a tinsel town regular, brosnan has had a string of roles which have seen him play a lawyer, a father of the bride and a university lecturer, among others.
brosnan’s upcoming role as an international spy in The Foreigner, however, proves just how pervasive James bond has been in influencing his acting roles. Different from his fellow hollywood stars, some of whom are known for their large egos, brosnan’s down-to-earth style and self-depreciating manner can come off as a nice surprise. he is often known to credit his stellar career down to sheer luck. this sort of relatable attitude is, in a way, a sort of homage to brosnan’s humble beginnings as the son of a single mother in rural County Meath, ireland.
brosnan never met his father, who suddenly took off as soon as he was born. in his youth, he was raised by his grandparents because his mother began work as a nurse in london. eventually joining his mother in london, brosnan has stated that this was around the time when the romanticism and the fantastical nature of movies had taken over his life. he saw the cinema as a refuge or sanctuary away from his somewhat tragic childhood. he cites the life changing moment of visiting the cinema to watch James bond. both his mother and step father took him to see the classic movie Goldfinger in a london cinema. it was at this time that he is said to have been bitten by the acting bug, and needless to say, this bite never healed. he went on to receive training as an actor at the Drama Centre in london, eventually moving to la to start filming for Remington steele and he never looked back.
although he was never brought up in a world of materialism, brosnan has admitted that he now enjoys the finer things in life, as well as the old world of luxury. Known for his now immaculate and expensive style, he is seldom seen without a well tailored hackett jacket. Whenever he stays in new York, the only choice for him is the upscale Upper east side Plaza, athenee.
Perhaps on the same luxurious note, while filming the 1997 bond film, tomorrow never Dies, brosnan was known to unwind with cigars at the posh london cigar club, Monty. somewhat of a cigar connoisseur,
Brosnan admits to having smoked since the tender age of nine. Having braced the cover of popular cigar journals, he now often indulges in his favourite cigar, the classic Davidoff 4000.
While living in LA, Brosnan’s weekly ritual would consist of walking upon a cobblestone street that led directly to the Davidoff store, where he would purchase these cigars. In this store, he’d be known to make his way upstairs to the private club for a late afternoon brandy and a Davidoff 4000. He would relax in a leather chair positioned right in the corner of the room, puffing away on his stick, enjoying this isolated paradise away from any crowds. Not really what you would expect from the man who plays the hugely famous character James Bond. Brosnan however, is well known to be a fiercely private man.
Brosnan actually began smoking cigars on the set of Remington Steele. He credits the director, Seymour Robie, as the one who actually got him into the habit. He fondly claimed that cigars had a sort of calming affect on him, feeling as if there was a certain sense of well being when one lit up a cigar to smoke, a certain mystique and romance. He claims smoking is a very clean and organic experience, and has always said that there is nothing quite like a well cut cigar.
Indeed, since lighting up that first Romeo y Julieta, cigars have always been one of Brosnan’s great pleasures of the day; while on the movie set of Dante’s Peak in Idaho, he would be known to wander off, fishing rod in one hand and a cigar in the other. Through the years, Brosnan credits the unbeatable combination of water colour painting while simultaneously puffing away on a cigar as an activity he uses to unwind if he ever finds himself stressed.
Still the epitome of cool, yet remaining down-to-earth, Brosnan has well and truly secured his place among Hollywood royalty. Still vibrant and handsome, 63-year-old Brosnan has a slew of upcoming films, and shows absolutely no signs of slowing down. In the words of Bond himself, he wont stop when he’s tired, he’ll stop when he’s done.