August spy

August spy

It has been nearly 20 years since Pierce Brosnan was cast to play the iconic James Bond, a decade since he lost the gig.

And now, he's returning to the spy world with The November Man.

At 61, the Irish actor still looks just as distinguished - and as charming - as ever.

Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux, a former CIA agent who is reluctantly lured back into the game for one final mission.

He talks to M on why he's back to spying.

You've been busy recently.

When it rains, it pours. But it pours good. Two years, seven movies; a bit of this, a bit of that.

A romantic romp here, a dark comedy there and in this case, back to the same old shenanigans of the spy world.

It's been over a decade since you were Bond. Would you have been willing to make this film any earlier?

I said to my wife the other morning, "Boy, I should have picked up the gun sooner."

She said: "I told you to, but you wanted to do foreign films or character pieces."

I think the timing is right and everything happens for a reason.

With my company Irish Dreamtime, we've made 10 movies in the space of 12 years with some lovely jewels like The Matador and The Thomas Crown Affair.

Then the curtain fell on my days as Bond. Just when you look the other way, whoosh, you're no longer on stage, but business is business.

We found the November Man books and wanted to do something gritty.

(Peter is) a cool, gritty operative, cultured badass dude.

In (author) Bill Granger's writing, I found a character that I could get my teeth into.

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