James Bond star Pierce Brosnan sat down with Esquire magazine and got honest about his childhood without a father figure present. Brosnan also said that growing up without a father figure made him value his loved ones even more.
Brosnan’s father abandoned his family while the actor was still a baby, forcing his mother to move to London in order to work. This caused Brosnan to live with his relatives growing up in Ireland.
‘There was deep fracture, a certain isolation and an aloneness which wielded the wonderful power of my imagination. I had to get by on my own sensing and intuition,” Brosnan said to Gentle Men’s Journal. Brosnan also said that his absent father made him value his loved ones more.
Brosnan did, however, meet his father once when he was 31, claiming that he would have loved to have known the man, but his knowledge about his father extended to: “He was a good whistler, and he had a good walk.”
Brosnan has five kids, three of whom he shares with his late wife, Cassandra Harris. Sadly Brosnan lost Cassandra and their daughter to ovarian cancer in 1991 and 2013, respectively. Brosnan also has two sons from his marriage with American journalist Keely Shaye Smith: Dylan, 24, and Paris, 20.
“Keely is the most amazing mother and woman – I’ve watched her grow over 27 years, and our life together just blossom and grow. And there are still many more dreams to be had,” Brosnan boasted.
Keely and Brosnan recently got to celebrate their youngest son as he graduated from university. The couple take great pride in supporting their children, with Brosnan writing,
“Dearest Paris, Heartfelt congratulations on your graduation from Loyola Marymount University School of Film & Television. Go into the world with a brave heart and create stories that will make the world a better place @paris.brosnan”.