Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan wishes he was ‘as cool as James Bond’

Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan has revealed that it was a gift to have been cast in the iconic role of James Bond.

Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan wishes he was ‘as cool as James Bond’

The 61-year-old, who played the fictional British secret service agent in four films from 1995 to 2005, is back on the big screen as a spy in his latest movie, November Man.

He said in an interview with DuJour magazine that he wishes he was more like the unflappable operatives he has played in a string of movies over the years.

“I just wish I was as cool as they are,” he said. “If I got into a fight in a bar, I’d miss the dude by miles, I wouldn’t know how to connect. It would be a comedy.”

The actor, who is playing a retired CIA agent in November Man, said he feels grateful to have been cast in the role as 007.

“That role is a gift that keeps giving in many respects,” he said. “I resist any negative feelings or tension as it’s such an iconic role.

“I think there’s space for people who enjoyed my work as Bond to enjoy this film and see the guy I once was play the guy I am now.”

Brosnan also played a spy in 2001’s The Tailor of Panama, and an assassin in 2005’s The Matador. In November Man, he takes on the role of Peter Devereaux, a former secret service operative who is called away from his quiet life by a lake to work one last operation.

The Co Meath man, who divides his time between his stunning beachfront homes in Malibu and Hawaii, loves the outdoor life and recently credited his youthful looks to his Irish genes.

The actor said he is very conscious of delivering his best performance in every movie, as he is getting on in years.

“The tick of the clock and time is constant, and I feel very good for these days and this time,” he said.

“There’s work to be done, and it’s about keeping up and trying to stay at the table as long as you can.”

He said he is happy to be back playing the role of a spy once again on the big screen.

“I thought it had complexity and it was a good fit for me as a character to play, having been away from the spy game for some time,” he said.

“All the ingredients were well balanced, the writing, the characterisation and the story.

“It comes with a certain anxiety. But every job does, really. You want to get it right, you want it to be good.

“I believe strongly that we did get it right, and we did make it good.”

Brosnan — who has made seven films in the last two years — is linked to a number of upcoming TV projects.

He is set to follow the exodus of Hollywood A-listers into TV, with his production company Irish Dreamtime involved in producing a series on the Crusades.

The series is set to take place during the third crusade, which is after the fall of Jerusalem to Saladin’s armies, and centres on two knights who journey from Scotland to the Holy Land for different reasons.

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