On December 28, 1991, one day after their 11th wedding anniversary, his wife, Cassandra Harris, died in his arms. She died of ovarian cancer.
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.
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.
Supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election.
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.
Three sons: Sean Brosnan (b. September 13, 1983), Dylan Thomas (b. January 13, 1997) and Paris Beckett (b. February 27, 2001). He also has two adopted children, Charlotte Brosnan (b. 1971) and Christopher Brosnan (b. 1973).
Is claustrophobic, which made the filming of certain scenes in Dante's Peak (1997) very difficult.
He and fellow Bond actor Sean Connery have both played King Arthur. Connery played him in First Knight (1995) and Brosnan provided the voice of Arthur in Quest for Camelot (1998).
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.
Is the third actor to play James Bond in more than two films, along with Roger Moore and Sean Connery.
On August 12, 1964, as an 11-year-old he flew, for the first time, from Ireland to the UK to join his mother May, the very day that Ian Fleming died.
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).
Was originally chosen to play 007 in 1986 and was given the script to "The Living Daylights". 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 the following year. However, shortly after the end of the fourth season, NBC had second thoughts about canceling Remmington 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 Remmington Steele to ensure that there were no scheduling conflicts. But eventually, Albert Broccoli famously told NBC that "James Bond will not be Remmington 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 Remmington Steele series and at 6.30pm 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 to Timothy Dalton. NBC went on to make only six episodes of the fifth season of Remmington Steele before finally canceling the show for good.
Due to rising budgets and declining audiences, Brosnan's last three Bond films were the only ones in the series to not take more than three-and-a-half times their cost. Even Timothy Dalton's two films took five times their budget, and George Lazenby's one film more than ten. Whether you go by budget-to-gross or inflation-adjusted ratios, Brosnan's films did average business. Die Another Day (2002) in particular, despite being the second highest grossing Bond after Casino Royale (2006) before inflation, made the smallest profit on its theatrical run of any Bond movie - a major reason for revamping the franchise. Sean Connery's Bond films remain the most successful, with Thunderball (1965) having taken 22 times its cost at the worldwide box-office.
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 "High Flying Steele", where Remington and Laura are to go undercover in a circus.
Chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world. (1991)
Enjoys fishing on the River Towy in Carmarthenshire, South Wales. Jimmy Carter (former American President) also enjoys the same fishing spot.
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 Eighty Days (1956) and Brosnan in "Around the World in 80 Days" (1989/I) (mini).
Quit smoking cigarettes before the release of Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).
Chosen by People (USA) magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful" people in the world. (1996)
In addition to playing a small role in The Broken Chain (1993) (TV), actor Girard Swan briefly worked as Brosnan's stand-in.
Voted "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 2001.
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).
He was voted sixth in the Orange 2001 film survey of greatest British film actors ever.