When I first started photographing I could not help but think getting a cover was about the best thing that could happen. I hadn't programed the headlines, all the type, the art directors and whatever else dictated the results. This was one of my first ones and luckily photographing the young handsome charming and Oh So Irish Pierce Brosnan made the experience totally delicious. We both wondered about the hand model that unexpectedly (as far as we knew) showed up, however. LOL. Isn't he cute!
At 66, Pierce Brosnan Is Cooler Than James Bond Himself
The Irish actor stands apart from - and above - 007 By Murray Clark 17/09/2019
The role of James Bond is no easy tux to shed. And, as the third longest-serving 007, Pierce Brosnan is often seen as interchangeable with the Bond of GoldenEye: the funny, punny kind that scored him almost $42m in paycheques. Those kind of roles are so often adhesive. And yet, almost two decades after his last outing in Die Another Day, the 66-year-old moved beyond Bond in a wardrobe that is pure, unadulterated Brosnan.
At Naomi Campbell's annual Fashion For Relief event, the actor took a leave of absence from MI6, accompanied by his son, Hero (who also couldn't be further from the archetypes of international espionage). It was cooler. Wilder, even. And, most importantly, more a nod to the Hollywood of the Seventies than it is to big British blockbusters of the Nineties.
First, we've the sunglasses. As the aviators of cigar-smoking, expletive-yelling film directors take point, bigger, coloured lenses have enjoyed something of a comeback in recent years. Thank brands like Moscot, and Gucci, and also the grand Seventies revival at large. Shades that sat with Jesus on the dashboard of an El Paso pick-up are now happy bedfellows with your mafioso bossman tailoring. Which is exactly what Brosnan has done.
And lest we forget the beard. Where The World Is Not Enough saw chiselled, bare-cheeked iron jaws, there's now thick, bushy, well-kept bristles. MI6 may have a strict grooming policy, less so your mid-60s.
Of course, there's a still a tux. And yes, Bond is very famous for wearing one. But Brosnan is by no means shackled to the 007 of his tenure. Instead, Brosnan threads his own path, throwing caution to the wind, and using the silver fox years to go loud on the volume dial. Sorry, James who?