Irish actor Pierce Brosnan today revealed he was deeply honoured to be given a lifetime membership of the Irish Film and Television Academy.
Drogheda-born Brosnan starred in four James Bond films as 007 and appeared in many other movies including The Matador, The Tailor of Panama and The Thomas Crown Affair.
“I am honoured beyond words to be part of the Irish Film and Television Academy, especially to be among the names of so many I greatly admire in the world of film and storytelling," Brosnan said.
"I can only hope that this will lead to the inspiration of future artistic generations to go forth within their time and place in history, fearless with desire.”
The actor, who also runs his own production company, Irish DreamTime, has just finished working on Seraphim Falls with Liam Neeson, which will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival later this month.
Brosnan was presented with the Outstanding Contribution to Irish Cinema award in 2004 at the Irish Awards Ceremony.
The deadline for joining the Academy has been extended until Friday, September 22 next. Industry professionals who join the academy will be given voting rights for the annual awards, which will take place next February.
Academy chief executive Aine Moriarty said: “There has been a superb response from the industry across all sectors, with some chapters getting a stronger response than others.
“We are almost at capacity on certain chapters such as the producers chapter, the directing and acting chapters, but we are eager to ensure that the chapters which represent crews and production staff across the industry are also properly represented.
"I want to reiterate that the Academy is open to all sectors of the industry.”