Pierce Brosnan: beyond Bond

Gabrielle Donnelly / 26 March 2014

With a string of new releases in the pipeline, including this month’s feel-good romcom The Love Punch, Pierce Brosnan proves there is life after 007.

Pierce Brosnan turn 61 in May and, truth to tell, it suits him. The pretty boy of Remington Steele (and, of course, a member of that exclusive club The Men Who have Played Bond) has gone the way of all youth: in his place is a man who has lived and loved deeply. When we meet at the Toronto Film Festival, thousands of miles from Co Meath where he spent his childhood, he can only shake his head at the changes he has seen.

‘It all goes by so fast, doesn’t it?’ he says. ‘It takes courage, I think, to live life at the best of times, and as I grow older, well, I realise that it goes with the speed of a flame. I’m still at the table, so to speak – physically, spiritually and mentally – and I’m looking forward to any work that lies ahead of me.

‘I’ve also learned that of all the luxuries the world has to offer, the most precious one of all is time. Time to watch the sunset, time to be with the one you love. Because there really isn’t so very much of it, you know?’

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