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

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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.

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