Each generation has its James Bond. For people who came of age in the 90s and early years, Pierce Brosnan is more or less unique than 007. For GQ’s Iconic Characters series, Brosnan delved into his most important roles, none of which, obviously, he’s more iconic than Bond.
Brosnan explains that he took on the role of the beloved Bond of the past to star in the ’95 golden eye it required a careful blend of respect and innovation. “For me, he was trying to walk a line between Roger [Moore] and Sean Connery and don’t be shy about taking it out of their jobs, “says Brosnan.” I’ve given myself the grace of trying to get the sense of humor that both men brought to the part. “In addition to the mental pressure of playing James Bond , its iteration had an extra physicality. “They chip you, they scratch you, you pull your muscles, you get stitched up,” explains Brosnan.
When not playing an international spy, Brosnan kept busy in Hollywood. Working with Robin Williams in Lady Doubtfire provided a highlight. “He drives with his heart, his soul and every fiber of his being,” Brosnan says of his late co-star. “I went to work on that movie every day and always worked with Ms. Doubtfire. It wasn’t until the end of the movie that I met Robin. “
Brosnan’s career took another surprising turn when fans saw him singing at the top of his lungs the one and only Meryl Streep in oh mama. “It was terrifying to have to do these songs,” says Brosnan. However, the actor found solace in his co-stars, Stellan Skarsgård and Colin Firth, on the day they recorded the soundtrack. “[They] it seems[ed] like rabbits caught in the headlights. They were terrified. We were all terrified. “
In 2010, he played a former British Prime Minister with a complicated past in Roman Polanski The ghost writer. Brosnan recalls that Polanski insisted: “‘No no, it’s not about Tony Blair’, but all roads lead to Tony Blair, so I looked at Tony Blair.”