Pierce Brosnan’s Classic Black Swim Trunks in GoldenEye 2 September 2019
Some Bonds, like Sean Connery and Daniel Craig, like to swim. The others not so much. One of the rare times we see another Bond in swimwear is with Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye, when he wears a pair of basic black swim trunks for a relaxing swim at the Grand Hotel Europe’s pool—which is actually a beautiful set—and a grueling sex scene with Famke Janssen’s Xenia Onatopp in the hotel’s steambath. Though summer is now at its end (in the Northern Hemisphere), Bond wears these trunks in a city that hardly even has a summer, St. Petersburg, Russia.
These black swim trunks are not anything remarkable, and despite Bond wearing them in an iconic scene they are not all that memorable. But that doesn’t mean the swim trunks aren’t nice, and they are a classic style that still looks good today. The style of the trunks is one that Vilebrequin, a luxury French swimwear brand, is know to make. There is a white logo at the bottom of the left leg, but it isn’t the Vilebrequin logo. Whatever they are (and please leave a comment below if you can identify them), costume designer Lindy Hemming likely purchased them in England where this scene was shot. The trunks have a mid rise, a full fit around the hips and a trim leg to the mid thigh. The swim trunks have side pockets with a light blue lining and a ruched waistband with a black outer draw string.
Bond was thankfully spared the long and baggy board short trend that was coming into fashion at the time of GoldenEye. Classic swim trunks such as these fell out of favour with the younger generations, who wouldn’t wear shorts or swim trunks above the knee and often sagged the shorts low on the hips for a longer leg, often exposing buttocks cleavage in the process. Europeans and others who still preferred Speedo-style swim briefs were the exception. The next time Bond would wear swim trunks was in Casino Royale, 11 years after GoldenEye. At that time the long board shorts were still fashionable, but Bond changed that.
Pierce Brosnan Could Have Easily Been A Bond Villain
This week's Style Archive looks to the shadowy side of 007's wardrobe By Murray Clark 23/10/2019
Style Archive: a series in which we celebrate the stars of the past that made menswear what it is today. This week: Pierce Brosnan, and the wardrobe of a moneyed megalomaniac.
By all accounts, James Bond should not be in the gainful employment of MI6. He's never on time. His government-issued licence to kill is abused almost daily. Despite several warnings about office romances, Bond continues to defecate on the proverbial doorstep. He is, in short, a villain of the nine-to-five. Especially during Pierce Brosnan's stint as the superspy.
Where his fellow 007s so often settled for wholesome British garb (Daniel Craig fought summer in linen, while Sean Connery canonised today's menswear classics almost 60 years ago), Brosnan did the opposite. This wasn't clean-cut, Savile Rowed splendour. This was loose. Colourful. A little bit filthy. And a lot like the rogue Texan oil heir that Bond, sadly, never got to battle in a burning refinery.
For during his youth, Brosnan took risks bigger than a movie studio's decision to hire Timothy Dalton. Except these actually paid off. At the 1996 premiere of Nomads, the actor went spaghetti-junction western, combining a bolo tie and El Paso battle armour with an oily, metallic palette. Since those were the days when VIPs could wear the same thing twice – and when a jaunt to Stringfellows wasn't deeply depressing and problematic – the gentleman spy attended the gentlemen's club in the same gilded suit with an extra clash below in the form of a poppy-into-paisley printed Cuban collared shirt.
Pierce Brosnan, with then-wife Cassandra, apparently signalling to henchmen which 00 agent requires a serious talking to, New York (1986)
But what does a megalomaniac billionaire wear on the downtime? What's an appropriate outfit for a morning spent conspiring with a woman who'll lead to Bond's next black mark from HR? The same Cuban collar shape, but this time with a jazzier, private island aesthetic, much like the sort Brosnan wore to a 1996 LA fundraiser. This isn't heroic, dashing, open the door for you m'lady menswear. This is open-shirted, smoking-openly while-people-are-eating, pairing-denim-with-tailoring-and-your-best-New-England-loafers menswear. Rule-breaking, then, in precisely the way we're championing again right now. Indeed, the return of big, Nineties silhouettes means the Brosnan mishmash is positively encouraged. Louis Vuitton and Marni are two of the brands to baggy-up for AW19.
Back then Brosnan's take was more colourful, and more at odds with the role that arguably defined his career. It's a sharper act in 2019: the now 66-year-old is going classic in his silver age. But when blockbuster premieres dictated your Friday night Blockbuster rental, and when James Bond faced off against villains with exquisitely crass one-liners, GoldenEye's golden boy was dressing for the enemy. After all, his behaviour wasn't all that dissimilar.
Pierce Brosnan Is More James Bond Than He's Ever Been
Well, they are looking for a Daniel Craig replacement
By Murray Clark 10/12/2019
It's been 17 years since we saw Bond's Aston Martin sliding across a frozen tundra, 'Bolero' (probably) blasting out from the stereo. And ever since Pierce Brosnan's final outing as 007 in Die Another Day, a gritty new Bond has looked after the licence to kill, (a Bond that some fans want to see dead). And yet Brosnan is more Bond than he's ever been.
At the 42nd Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington DC, the 66-year-old enlisted the battle armour that made MI6's biggest philanderer famous, the sort we all associate with every iteration from Connery, to Moore, and yes, even Timothy Dalton. It was the tuxedo. A razor-sharp, classically trained, unyielding tuxedo.
In an age when menswear is showing its creative streak – even in a purely monochrome palette – Brosnan proves that the old ways can be followed. Better yet, they can even be preferable for a man that's always looked his finest in quintessential black tie. If it's not broke, don't fix it and all that.
The secret here? Don't mess with the formula. While the cummerbund may seem a little Pavarotti, it works on frames that aren't at all Pavarotti. And black is always flattering. And a Swiss watch is the best companion. And Brosnan is cooler than he's ever been, with his brood recently showcasing the same genes that made papa dearest one of the best Bonds of recent years. Even when he's not figure skating in an automobile.
Pierce Brosnan reveals he was left ‘scarred’ by turbulent childhood and says James Bond role was ‘greatest gift of life’ Fiona Ellis 14 Mar 2020, 22:30
HOLLYWOOD heart-throb Pierce Brosnan has told how as a young man he was left “scarred” by his turbulent childhood.
Pierce, 66, from Navan in Co Meath, was born in 1953, the only child of Thomas Brosnan and Mary May Smith.
His father abandoned the family when Pierce was an infant, and his mother left him with her parents when she moved to London to train as a nurse.
When they died, Pierce was sent to live in lodgings with Mill Workers.
He went to school run by the Christian Brothers which he described as “cruel” and “ugly”.
Despite his successes in life, personal and professional, the actor said he has never entirely shaken off his traumatic past — but has found peace in his twilight years. RAISED BY GRANDPARENTS
He explained: “I grew up in southern Ireland where my father had left my mother and I was raised by my grandparents.
"It wasn’t easy for me and it made me wary of what life could throw at you.
“You learn to close off certain sides of yourself as a form of self-protection until you begin to realise you don’t have to protect yourself anymore and those defences you’ve put up have become the problem. PEACE OF MIND
“Perhaps you never entirely unburden yourself of your past, but you do manage to find peace of mind.
“I’m the same person I was when I started out. I’d like to think I’m much wiser and even more open as an individual than when I was younger and still scarred in many ways by my upbringing.”
Pierce told how he didn’t meet his father until he was well into adulthood.
He said: “I didn’t see Tom Brosnan until I was about 31. I was shooting Remington Steele in Ireland, and he showed up one Sunday.
“We sat down and we had a cup of tea. After we drank all the tea, we went downstairs and started drinking Guinness. Then he got on a bus. I never saw him again. He died.” ACTING ACCIDENTALLY
Pierce’s long and varied career came about entirely by chance, as he explained: “I came upon acting almost accidentally while I was working as a graphic artist in London at a small studio — although I basically cleaned the office and made tea for people.
“One day I was talking to a guy in the photo department about movies, and he said you should come along to the Oval House Theatre, they’re doing workshops.
“I had no idea what a workshop was. I went there on a winter’s evening.
"I had to lie down on the floor, hum, get up, wander around, explore people’s faces — experimental theatre. That’s how it started.
“Somehow, that night at the Oval House turned into a great exploration of self and the excitement about the possibility of becoming an actor.” GREAT GIFT
Perhaps best known for his role as 007, Pierce reckons playing James Bond was the “great gift of his life”.
He said: “I had great success with the role and it’s a gift that keeps on giving in many respects.
"It was my chance to be centre-stage and enjoy all the attention and fame and fortune that comes with that.
"I’m forever grateful for Bond as the role came along at a time when I really needed that kind of a gift in my life.
“At the time I was very worried about my children.” TIME AT HOME
He continued: “My greatest concern was trying to find enough film roles and not have to work on another TV series because that means you’re gone from morning to night five days a week, eight or nine months a year.
“I wanted to avoid that for the sake of my children.
“Bond meant I could spend much more time at home.”
But he was unceremoniously ditched from the role as he was replaced by Daniel Craig after contract negotiations to do a fifth film broke down.
He recalled: “It didn’t end the way I wanted it to but those are the trials of being an actor.
“I was in the Bahamas, working on a movie called After the Sunset, and my agents called and said, ‘Negotiations have stopped. SENSE OF RELIEF
He added: “[Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson] are not quite sure what they want to do’.
“I was utterly shocked and just kicked to the curb with the way it went down. But as soon as I got off the phone there was a huge sense of relief.
“It meant I was moving on with my career and my life and I was like every other actor searching for good roles.”
One of the roles that seems the opposite from the dashing secret agent was his part in Mamma Mia. CRINGED
He said: “When I first tested out my voice on my two sons — 23-year-old son Dylan, and Paris, 19 — I remember it was a Saturday morning, they all just cringed.
"Even the housekeeper cringed. They kept their opinions to themselves for a while, though.
They didn’t want me to be discouraged. I sang to them whether they lked it or not, in the car, in the house.
"And then when they weren’t around, I sang to the ocean.
“They’re probably still cringing. But I loved making that movie and, luckily, in the end, the exhilaration and the sheer terror were worth it.”
Pierce has been happily married to Keely Shaye Smith for the past two decades after enduring the death of his first wife Cassandra Harris in 1991.
He told how finding love again was a miracle.
He said: “It’s rare to find great love twice in one’s life.
"When I met Keely, I thought I had a chance to experience that incredible feeling again and I was right.
"It restored some of my faith in life in a very fundamental and beautiful way.”