Moving to London with his family at an early age, Irish-born actor Pierce Brosnan made ends meet as a commercial illustrator and cab driver before turning to acting full-time. After training at the London Drama Centre, Brosnan made his West End stage bow in 1976, and appeared in his first film, The Long Good Friday
, four years later.
The actor began to regain his motion picture bankability when he was cast in a choice secondary role in the 1993 comedy megahit Mrs. Doubtfire
In 1995, he finally got his chance to play Agent 007 in GoldenEye
, and proved that the producer's instincts were right on target. Brosnan not only provided a much-needed boost for the ailing series, but also cemented his status as a capable leading man in a variety of roles, ranging from the title character in Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe
(1996) to a stuffy, love-struck professor who meets a ludicrous fate in Mars Attacks!
(1996) to a courageous vulcanologist trying to save a town threatened by a reawakened volcano in Dante's Peak
(1997). Brosnan played Bond for the second time in Tomorrow Never Dies
(1997), essaying the role with great success.
The actor went on to his third Bond outing in The World is Not Enough
, again proving that saving the world was most convincingly done by those with convincing tans, straight teeth, and plenty of fun gadgets.
And the world isn't the only thing Bond saved. While, the next half-decade found Brosnan stumbling with disappointments like The Tailor of Panama
and The Laws of Attraction
, his turns as the world's suavest spy never failed to strike gold at the box-office. After 2002's Die Another Day
, Brosnan announced that this would be his last Bond film.