And he likes to subvert his smooth Bond persona – he does so in The Love Punch, but think too of his roles as the manipulative MI6 agent in The Tailor of Panama (2001), or as the hitman in The Matador (2005), sipping margaritas and strutting through a hotel lobby dressed only in cowboy boots and black underpants.
“Faith,” he says, unexpectedly, “I have a strong faith, being Catholic Irish, that has been maintained throughout my life. You just hope you have the strength and courage to address them and endure.
You want to live as many lives as possible in one, you want to do as much as you can.” It was acting that offered salvation to Brosnan when he was a young man.
In reality, he says, he’s “very easily flustered, thrown off – I lose my way like most people”.
He crafted a niche as a leading man in a way that seemed entirely natural, yet still felt at heart like a character actor.
His first wife, also an actor, suggested they try their luck in America.