May 16: Happy Birthday Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brosnan celebrates his 64th today. He graduated from the Drama Centre London and worked in English theater for several years. American audiences first became aware of him when he starred as the title character of the detective/romance series Remington Steele. During the show’s run he was also nominated for a Golden Globe for the BBC/Masterpiece Theater miniseries Nancy Astor. When the series ended, he had a few prominent film roles, including an adaptation of Frederick Forsyth’s The Fourth Protocol, but it wasn’t until 1995 that his career-defining part came along.
After his success in Goldeneye, which many of us here at le Blog rank pretty highly, Brosnan returned to the role of James Bond three more times, for the action-packed Tomorrow Never Dies and the less-well-regarded The World is Not Enough and Die Another Day. Like most screen James Bonds, Brosnan has not translated his fame from the role into success outside it. With the exception of Mamma Mia!, where he had a supporting role, he has not appeared in a major box office success outside the Bond films; he did receive a Golden Globe nomination for The Matador and critical praise for The Ghost Writer.