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He adopted his first wife Cassandra Harris' children, Charlotte Brosnan (b. 1971, d. 2013) and Christopher Brosnan (b. 1973), after their father died in 1986.

Pierce received American Citizenship at the US District Court House in Los Angeles in 2004. He has dual citizenship: Irish and American. He was made a Freeman of Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland (the town he lived in until he moved to England in 1964) on 11th November 1999. His primary residence is in Malibu, California.

Owns his own production company, Irish DreamTime. Its first release was The Nephew (1998).

Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful" people in the world. [1996]

Chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world. [1991]

The very first film he claims to have seen is the 007 movie Goldfinger (1964).

Enjoys fishing on the River Towy in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. Jimmy Carter (former American President) also enjoys the same fishing spot.

At the Genesis Awards Ceremony, reunited with Remington Steele (1982) co-star Stephanie Zimbalist. [1996]

On December 28, 1991, one day after their 11th wedding anniversary, his wife, Cassandra Harris, died in his arms. She died of ovarian cancer. Sadly, the same disease would claim the life of Harris' daughter (and Brosnan's stepdaughter) Charlotte in 2013.

His mother, May, was 19 when she gave birth to him. She had married his father, Thomas, on August 16, 1952. However, his parents separated when he was still a baby, and from the age of 4 he was raised by his maternal grandparents, Philip and Kathleen Smith, while his mother went to London to train as a nurse. When he was 6, both grandparents died and he was passed around amongst relatives until Eileen Reilly took him into her lodging house. Finally, when he was 10, his mother was able to take him to her home in Putney, London. While in London, May had met a man, named Bill Carmichael, who had asked her to marry him, but she wanted approval from her son. Pierce gave his approval and the couple were married. From that point on, Bill treated Pierce as his real son and they got along fine. It was Bill who took Pierce to see his first Bond movie, Goldfinger (1964), and it was at that point that decided to take up acting.

At the age of 11 he was almost six feet tall, making him a target of bullies.

Voted "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 2001.

Is claustrophobic, which made the filming of certain scenes in Dante's Peak (1997) very difficult.

He was voted sixth in the Orange 2001 film survey of greatest British film actors ever.

In addition to his salary for his James Bond movies, Brosnan received a car. The BMW Z3 from GoldenEye (1995), an 8-series BMW (instead of the 750iL) from Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and the Z8 from The World is Not Enough (1999).

Early in his screen career, he portrayed the title role in the TV series, Remington Steele (1982). His character was a career criminal gone "straight" as a private investigator, with an amazing knowledge of and obsession with classic cinema. In the episode, Remington Steele: To Stop a Steele (1983) (original air date 2/11/83, episode 15), Steele equates the case he is working on to The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), starring Faye Dunaway and Steve McQueen. Sixteen years later, Brosnan starred in the remake of that movie, The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).

He was given an honorary OBE by Britain's ambassador to Ireland, Stewart Eldon, on 8/19/03. Honorary OBEs are awarded on merit by the Queen to non-British citizens who have made an important contribution to British interests. The award formally makes him "an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire".

After the release of Die Another Day (2002), he was approached by a man in a Dublin bar who asked to shake his hand. He complied and then cracked up when the man said, "That's the closest my hand will ever get to Halle Berry's arse [butt].".

He says that his favorite Bond films are From Russia with Love (1963) and For Your Eyes Only (1981), and that his least favorite Bond film is On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).

Became an American citizen on 23 September 2004 but still plans to keep his Irish citizenship.

He studied under Yat Malmgren, a dancer and drama teacher who also worked with Sean Connery in the 1950s and is credited with helping him develop a strong sense of movement and presence.

According to the James Bond tailors in London, he has been both the lightest and heaviest of all the James Bonds. The tailors who fitted him for his Bond films state that in his first Bond movie, GoldenEye (1995), he weighed 164 pounds, making him the lightest actor to play Bond. However, in his fourth Bond movie, Die Another Day (2002), he weighed 211 pounds, making him the heaviest actor to play Bond.

He says that the first two films he saw at the cinema, Goldfinger (1964) and Lawrence of Arabia (1962), are also the two films that have had the most influence on him.

Graduated from the prestigious acting course at the Chang-Ren Nian, then in Kentish Town, an area in the North London borough of Camden.

Brosnan was chosen to play 007 in 1986 and was given the script to The Living Daylights (1987). Although he was contracted to Remington Steele (1982) for seven seasons, NBC decided to cancel the show at the end of the fourth season, which meant that Brosnan was free to play "James Bond" in The Living Daylights (1987) the following year. However, shortly after the end of the fourth season, NBC had second thoughts about canceling "Remington Steele" and, subsequently, approached the Bond producers, directly, in an attempt to strike a deal that would allow Brosnan to play both "James Bond" and "Remington Steele" the following year. NBC also offered to completely reschedule the shooting of "Remington Steele" to ensure that there were no scheduling conflicts. But eventually, Albert R. Broccoli famously told NBC that "James Bond will not be Remington Steele and Remington Steele will not be James Bond". Accordingly, Brosnan would only play Bond if the show remained canceled. NBC had a 60-day deadline to revoke their decision to cancel the "Remington Steele" series and, at 6:30 pm on the 60th day of the deadline, Brosnan learned that NBC decided to make a fifth season. So, the role of the new James Bond went back to Timothy Dalton. NBC went on to make only six episodes of the fifth season of "Remington Steele" before finally canceling the show for good.

Was considered for the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989).

Brosnan's Bond was mainly dressed with shirts and ties from Turnbull & Asser, shoes from Church's, and suits from the Italian company Brioni. The cuff links and the belts were mostly Dunhill's.

In 2004, Quentin Tarantino expressed an interest in directing Brosnan in a version of Casino Royale (2006), but was turned down by the Bond producers.

He is a professional "fire eater", having performed a fire eating act in a circus at a young age. Knowing this, the writers for Remington Steele (1982) asked him to hone his skills as a fire eater for an episode during the series' second season, entitled Remington Steele: High Flying Steele (1984), where Remington and Laura are to go undercover in a circus. He also performed the act in Muppets Tonight: Pierce Brosnan (1996).

Is a fan of Doctor Who (1963).

He has two roles in common with Sean Connery: (1) Connery played James Bond in Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983) while Brosnan played him in GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999) and Die Another Day (2002) and (2) Connery played King Arthur in First Knight (1995) while Brosnan played him in in Quest for Camelot (1998).

Quit smoking cigarettes before the release of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

While it may be incorrect to suggest that Brosnan was fired from the role of James Bond, because technically the producers simply chose not to renew his contract, they had agreed in principle to collaborate on a fifth Bond film before the producers pulled from negotiations. This makes Brosnan the only Bond to end his reign not of his own accord.

Supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.

Met his Bond predecessor Sir Sean Connery for the first time at The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004), but only for a few minutes.

He is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage, gay adoption, gun control and protecting the environment.

The production of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) was a troubled one, owing in part to the producers agreeing to have the film ready for a December release. Brosnan rejected the script after it had been rewritten; it was then rewritten again during filming by the writer of the original script; director and scriptwriter were not talking to each other, and Brosnan and Teri Hatcher were not compatible. The film cost around $110 million, but only took in more than $346 million at the box office worldwide.

Shares two roles with two previous James Bonds. He and Sean Connery have also both played King Arthur. He and David Niven have also both played Phileas Fogg, Niven in Around the World in 80 Days (1956) and Brosnan in Around the World in 80 Days (1989).

In addition to playing a small role in The Broken Chain (1993), actor Girard Swan briefly worked as Brosnan's stand-in.

Nicknamed "Colonel Chunky" by the crew on Mamma Mia! (2008).

Attended Elliott Comprehensive School, Putney, in the 1960s

After being chosen to play "James Bond", Brosnan wasn't allowed to wear a tuxedo in any other film. This posed a problem for the wardrobe staff of The Thomas Crown Affair (1999).

He's Meryl Streep's close friend.

His favourite comic actor is the former "Monty Python", John Cleese.

Fan of Fulham Football Club (English Premier League soccer club). Fellow fans include Elizabeth Hurley, Lily Allen, Hugh Laurie, Hugh Grant, Benicio Del Toro, Daniel Radcliffe, Andrew Johnston and the late Michael Jackson.

Is the third actor to play James Bond in more than two films, along with Sean Connery and Roger Moore. The fourth one is Daniel Craig.

Became a father for the 1st time at age 30 when his 1st wife Cassandra Harris gave birth to their son Sean William Walter Brosnan, aka Sean Brosnan, on 13 September 1983.

Became a father for the 2nd time at age 43 when his girlfriend [now 2nd wife] Keely Shaye Brosnan gave birth to their son Dylan Thomas Brosnan on 13 January 1997.

Became a father for the 3rd time at age 47 when his fiancée [now 2nd wife] Keely Shaye Brosnan gave birth to their son Paris Beckett Brosnan on 27 February 2001.

A lifelong Catholic, he regularly attends mass at his local church in Malibu, California.

Currently in Cape Town, South Africa filming the movie Barry. [February 2009]

He appeared in three films with Joe Don Baker in as many years: GoldenEye (1995), Mars Attacks! (1996) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

To date, is the only Bond actor to have never technically appeared in a Bond film based on an original Ian Fleming novel or short story.

Of the four James Bond movies he made, GoldenEye (1995) is the only one where he isn't laying on top of the female lead in the final shot of the film.

In 1993, he was willing to play the small role of Stu in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993). Chris Columbus thought him a phenomenal actor.

During the restaurant scene in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) when her teeth fell into a wine glass, the cast didn't know Robin Williams would do that, and their reactions on film were genuine, mirroring the shock of the crew.

Director Chris Columbus is a big James Bond fan and he was crushed when Brosnan didn't get cast when he was offered the part during the making of Remington Steele (1982) but they wouldn't release him from his contract. When they worked together in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Columbus told Brosnan he'd make a great James Bond but he thought that ship had sailed. In 1995, MGM called Columbus telling him they're looking for the new James Bond and Brosnan was one of the choices so Columbus recommended him; his little contribution to the James Bond saga.

Appears in an episode of The Simpsons (The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XII (2001) to be exact) which has a character named Principal Seymour Skinner. Played a character with a last name of Skinner in The Heist (1989).

Is a close friend and Malibu (LA) neighbor of Barbra Streisand.