007 facts about Pierce Brosnan, cinema’s most stylish older gent, who turned 63 yesterday.
1. Happy Brioni-day
That’s what the Italian fashion house said when Brosnan debuted as Bond in Brioni suits in 1995’s GoldenEye. Over the course of his next three films — Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day — 007 would exclusively wear the designer’s suits. For the sake of continuity, Daniel Craig wore Brioni when he took over the role in 2006.
2. Brand, James Brand
When Brosnan became Bond in 1995, he updated the super spy’s wristwear. The actor, then an Omega ambassador, forged a relationship between Bond and brand, with the agent seen wearing the Seamaster Quartz Professional at first, followed by the Omega Seamaster Professional Chronometer.
3. Brioni & Beyond
Long after he handed in his license to kill, Brosnan was still collaborating with Brioni, wearing their threads in 2014’s spy thriller The November Man. But in this flick, you’ll catch him wearing a Lorus Chronograph rather than the Omega.
4. Bond Girl Before Bond
Long before he was Bond, Brosnan had a Bond girl in his bed—that’s because his first wife, Australian actress Cassandra Harris, played Countess Lisl von Schlat, Milos Columbo’s mistress, in 1981’s For Your Eyes Only, which had Roger Moore as 007.
5. Steele Stole The Role
Well, first time, anyway. Back in 1987 Brosnan was famous for TV’s Remington Steele. When the show was cancelled and with Roger Moore stepping down as Bond, Pierce was pleased to announce he would be the next actor to play 007. Ironically, that very publicity led to Remington Steele being revived, and he was legally obliged to turn down the Bond role. It wouldn’t be until 1995 that he’d make his debut as the spy in GoldenEye.
6. Nobu Noshing
Pierce has already been spotted out celebrating his 63rd in style, hitting up Nobu in LA at the weekend with his wife Keely at his mum May, who’s 82!
7. Feeling The Urge
While Brosnan will be forever associated with suave, stylish screen presences, he’s doing his best to buck that image if his newest film’s anything to go by. In the trailer for Urge, he plays a maniacal drug dealer whose product unleashes people’s craziest desires.