Sure, James Bond may score the hottest babes and the lethal gizmos. But Pierce Brosnan — whose latest turn as 007 opens Friday — will return to his native Ireland on Nov. 11 to savor an entirely different sort of status symbol. ”Navan is giving me the keys to the town, but I was born in Drogheda, which is about 60 miles away,” says Brosnan, who will also be celebrated with a statue in Navan. ”The two towns fought over which one would put up a statue of me. I thought it was curious they would be fighting over me. Of course, that attention can all turn on a dime ”
Navan isn’t likely to be lugging Brosnan’s likeness to the local scrap heap anytime soon. He intends to star in a fourth Bond film. There’s just one catch — he wants a three-year hiatus. Given that MGM recently overhauled its executive branch, the new studio honchos won’t be eager to let the lucrative Bond franchise gather dust. ”I’m wondering if I can get away with it, because the studio is going to be pretty tenacious,” says Brosnan. On the other hand, he suspects that ”the producers might like a longer hiatus, because these movies are hard to make. To do another one the year after next, you have to start preproduction now. ”
Whether or not he plays Bond, Brosnan seems to get plenty of opportunities to play martini-swilling cads. ”I try not to be pigeonholed, but you find yourself being pigeonholed when you think you’re not,” he says, admitting that his role in the remake of ”The Thomas Crown Affair” borrowed heavily from 007. ”I really don’t worry about it too much as long as the next job is there.” Hey, if you’ve already got the tuxedo and the BMW, you might as well use them.