Stop, breathe and exhale! I am almost ‘breathless’ in anticipation…
for the new Pierce Brosnan movie to come out: “The November Man.”
I can say that he is happily married, so I won’t try to be too silly about
my ‘crush’ on him. I never would dream of trying to take away a happily
married man. Nor could I! Since his wife Keely Shaye Smith is simply
She has been his wife for over 13 years, the mother of his two younger
daughters. They live on a tropical island in Hawaii. Their life style is
what he considers a calm, simple life. He claims that he and his family
are content to just bask in the sun, swim, boat and lead their ‘out of
the limelight’ life.
I believe him. He and his wife are rarely seen, except during Academy
Award shows and other special events.
They don’t seem like ‘party-goers.’ It makes him even more special
to me! Also, additionally positive about this couple, Keely and Pierce,
is that they are environmentalists, supporting many causes for the
Oh, and that expression, Be still, my heart!” comes from a shortening
of a phrase, in some resources. The original one was, “Oh, be still,
my beating heart.” This was from Victorian days, where a person
may be describing or thinking of someone who took their breath
away or made them, “swoon.” It also can be traced back as early as
when Virgil in 1697:
“When from the Goal they start,
The youthful Charioteers with beating heart,
Rush to the race.”
Sting (the musician) wrote a song, “Be Still My Beating Heart,” and
gives Shakespeare credit, but not sure of the source. One source,
gives a passage from “The Tempest.”
I don’t talk about my birthday very often, and don’t mention it on
my blog, as in ‘today is my birthday (it’s not!)’ But this man, Pierce,
who has my Scorpio birth month’s name in the title of his next movie,
is simply, extraordinary.
Since he hit the scene of television, on “Remington Steele,” he has
been in my vision and dreams. No offense, ex-boyfriends and
I would like to share some facts that I have acquired from a few
sources. No, I have not been stalking him!
Pierce is over 60, he looks like 45 or 46, tops. His birthday is May 16,
1953. He is a wee bit older, by only 2 years, than I am. He is a Taurus,
which is compatible with my sign. How do I know? Well, there was a
period of time, where he was a widower with three boys. I was a
single mother with two girls and a boy, at around the same time.
Back to some of his childhood experiences. Pierce admits to being
teased as a child. He was raised by a single mother who took him
from his birthplace. He was born and lived a short time, along the
River Boyne, in Ireland. His father left his mother and him when
Pierce was only 2 years old. It was tough on his mother, since the
Catholic Church ‘shamed her’ due to her divorce. She chose to move
to where her parents lived, in England.
Once there, Pierce was called all the mean words for Irish immigrants,
“Mick, “Paddy” and later, “Irish.” If you can find a photograph of him
while a young child, you will see a sweet boy who was a little more
husky than his present lean self, displays now. His mother was taking
nursing classes, quite busy and unable to afford child care. So, she
chose to leave him full time with his grandparents.
Pierce’s first love was for drawing and painting. He loves art still and
continues to practice painting in the back yard of his island home. He
wanted to be a graphic artist, his dream and ‘escape’ from some of the
name-calling and torments of his childhood.
Once Pierce entered high school, he was drawn to the drama department,
where the theatre students embraced him. It was such a wonderful, new
experience. A ‘change’ from being an ‘outsider,’ helping him to become
more confident. He left ‘comprehensive school at age 16, ‘ still seeking
education in the field of commercial illustrations.’ Once he determined
there were other options, he did change his interests back to what he had
followed in high school. Pierce studied acting at the London Drama Centre
for three years after his stint with drawing.
Interestingly enough, in an interview on CBS Sunday Morning, (8/10/14),
mentioned his first movie he ever saw was James Bond’s “Goldfinger.”
It was a thrill for him to see the character of ‘007’ played by Sean Connery.
It also was a fortuitous, possibly foreshadowing, event of his life.
Pierce had his ‘first call’ after drama school for the movie, “The Long Blue
Try-outs for the casting of this movie, meant they suggested for the male
leading role to bring a bathing suit. He jokingly says in his interview, that
he showed up in a Speedo and got the part. He played a killer/assassin and
this role made an impact on the studios.
Another interesting fact is that his first wife, Cassandra Harris, was in a
Bond movie, with Roger Moore cast as ‘007.’ They had three sons together,
along with her daughter. They shared acting as one of their interests, as well
as their desire to keep their personal lives out of the tabloids. Unfortunately,
Cassandra developed cancer, dying at the age of 43. Another sad event in his
life years later, his close step-daughter, who he had raised with Cassandra,
died also of cancer, at age 42. It was hard on Pierce, reliving the tragedy of
the loss of his wife and then, later someone he considered to be, his oldest
It took many years for Pierce to get through the stages of grief. I think this
is why he seem devoted and grateful for his present wife, Keely and their
serene family life.
As part of a spy agency, with the assisting role that Stephanie Zimbalist
played, Pierce Brosnan came into our homes, as”Remington Steele.” The
television series lasted from April, 1982 until October, 1987. This was a
form of escapism, since my first child was born in 1980 and my last one
was in 1985. Television, once the children were asleep, kept me engrossed
in the interesting plot twists and guest stars.
Pierce became a popular name and more familiar to all audiences. This
role of being the suave and debonair spy, led directly to his being cast
as ‘007’ in his first role as James Bond. Along the way, he was cast as
a thief, in the remake of “The Thomas Crowne Affair.” The original
characters were played by Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.
One of the many humble comments that Pierce Brosnan mentions in
CBS Sunday television interview was that he is ‘grateful’ and is filled
with ‘gratitude’ for his wife and family, his mother, grandparents and
being cast as the famous character that Ian Fleming created. He was
in four popular James Bond movies.
He also mentioned that his life has been ‘easier, more relaxed’ since
he met Keelley. He has acting in his ‘blood,’ always thinking about
the next movie, whether he may produce or direct it, too. A man of
many talents, who has still the quiet presence of a kind man.
The most ‘fun’ movie I ever saw Pierce Brosnan in was “Mama Mia!”
I enjoyed the singing, the way the plot twists went, with Meryl Streep
playing a woman who could potentially have three prospects for
her daughter’s father. The daughter invites, without informing her
mother, all three of the men to her wedding!
Which man of three is her father? I’ll never tell!
It has ABBA music throughout, lots of atmosphere on a beautiful
Greek island, with the sweet voice of Amanda Seyfried. There is also
the British actor, Colin Firth, as one of the potential fathers. The
third possible choice is played by Stellan Skarsgard. Seeing Pierce
Brosnan belt out, “S.O.S” with Meryl Streep filled me with an
Pierce mentioned in the CBS interview, that his two younger
daughters got ‘sick’ of him singing it everywhere he went, trying
to practice while listening to his Ipod with ear buds in. If you
just want to enjoy a carefree, musical movie, this will be one of
your favorites, trust me on this!
Another lighter movie that Pierce made was, “Mrs. Doubtfire,”
with Sally Fields and Robin Williams; now 22 years ago. He
has posted recently and spoken about who he considered the
great and close friend’s death. I enjoyed seeing Pierce Brosnan
“lose” in the movie, to Robin Williams, in the battle for Love.
If you ever want to see a unique plot and interesting character,
check out Pierce Brosnan in the film, “The Tailor of Panama.” He
is a tailor who is asked to be a British spy, based on the novel by
John Le Carre. The other actors in this movie, Jamie Lee Curtis
and Geoffrey Rush are fascinating in their roles. I have watched
this film more than once, high praise indeed!
Coming Soon! . . .
“The November Man.”
Is it your kind of movie?
Will you watch it at the movie theater, rent it or skip it?