“Shaken not stirred” is one of the by-lines of the super spy, James Bond who as a film character has earned obtained an iconic status. The cult status of this character has spread to the eight men who have played the Bond role in the franchise and they have all gone on to receive much respect for their efforts in bringing the character to life. Pierce Brosnan was the fifth man to play James Bond and his career has gone up constantly ever since. But being James Bond is not the only interesting thing about Pierce Brosnan’s life, as he has also had an interesting love life. We explore the exploits of the charming James Bond star with love in real life.
Pierce Brosnan’s First Marriage: How Did It End?
Pierce Brosnan was a young actor who had just left drama school when he met Cassandra Harris, an Australian actress. Both of them were introduced to each other by her stepson, David Harris and upon meeting her, Brosnan only wanted to just be her friend – the thought of a relationship between them was not something he considered at the time.
However, Harris and Brosnan started dating shortly after, and their relationship was serious enough for them to purchase a house together. By the end of 1980, they were married couple and three years later, their first son, Sean was born. Before Cassandra and Brosnan got married, she had been married to Dermont Harris and they had two children together, Charlotte and Christoper. When Dermont died, Brosnan adopted both of them.
In 1981, Harris had a role in the Bond movie, For Your Eyes Only and after working on that film, she felt that Brosnan will excel at playing Bond. This would come to pass fourteen years after when he was cast to play the character in the 1995 GoldenEye.
From all accounts, Brosnan and Harris had a good relationship but all of this came to an end in 1991. Cassandra Harris had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1987 and after a long battle with the disease, she died in 1991, ending Brosnan’s first marriage.
Who Is Pierce Brosnan’s Current Wife?
Three years after the death of Harris, Pierce Brosnan met Keely Shaye Smith on a beach in Mexico and by August of that year, they were married. Keely Smith is a journalist who has authored books and worked as a model as well as a television show host. Her work as a journalist began when she worked for ABC on The Home Show which she did for six years. This show focused on the environment and it ran from 1988 to 1994. The work Smith did earn her a number of awards, including a Special Achievement Award.
When she was done at ABC, she moved to NBC where she worked on Unsolved Mysteries which went on to become a hit show. Keely Smith worked as a correspondent for Unsolved Mysteries for three years and then moved on to Good Morning America where she also worked as a correspondent. Keely Smith has since gone from being just a correspondent to being a producer. She is also an advocate for the environment and supports other causes which she does with her husband, Pierce Brosnan.
Who Are Pierce Brosnan’s Children And What Have They Been Up To?
The actor has a total of five children. His first marriage to Cassandra Harris produced only one child – Sean William Walter Brosnan – who was born on the 13th of September, 1983. However, the couple had three children, with the other two adopted from Cassandra’s first marriage to Dermott Harris. When Christopher and Charlotte were adopted by the actor, their surnames changed from Harris to Brosnan.
The actor’s other two children came from his second marriage and they are both sons. Dylan Thomas was born in January of 1997 while his younger brother Paris Beckett was born in February 2001.
His daughter, Charlotte died in 2013 at the age of 42 after being hit by the same ailment that killed her mother – ovarian cancer. Sean Brosnan, Pierce’s first son, followed in his father’s footsteps and has a career in cinema as an actor and filmmaker. He has not been as successful as his father but he has been able to establish himself in the world of film.
Sean’s younger step-brothers Dylan and Paris also work in entertainment but as models and their careers are just taking off.