Hollywood actor Pierce Brosnan, best known for playing James Bond on screen from 1995 to 2002, says that doing a Bollywood film is on his bucket list.
“I have heard a lot about Indian cinema. In fact, I have worked with Indian actors Shashi Kapoor and Neena Gupta in The Deceivers (1988). Indian cinema is entertaining and what I love most about it is the songs and dances in the films,” he says, adding, “Acting for the Indian audience is surely on my bucket list, it may take some time though.”
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The 61-year-old, who has made a comeback in the action genre after 12 years with the recently-released, The November Man, admits that playing James Bond didn’t come easily to him.
“I struggled a lot to get under the skin of the suave British sleuth, who I played in four films. I’d my own insecurities while portraying the role of James Bond. But I had a fairly good audience as well,” he says.
When asked how he stays so fit at this age, he shares: “Generally, at the age of 61, one’s bones start giving up. For me, it’s a new day every day. I enjoy what I do and will continue to do this for my future projects. My stuntman, Mark, helped me a lot with action sequences in this film. We had a bit of a tough time shooting in Belgrade, Serbia, where explosions had to be done, some car sequences and driving in rush hour traffic ... people were just amazed by what was happening around.”
Veering the conversation back to India, we ask him if he has any plans to visit the country anytime soon. “I am busy with loads of projects this year. But I surely intend to visit India soon. I have heard of Mumbai, Delhi, and the Himalayas. I would love to explore the incredible country,” he says.
A self-confessed foodie, Brosnan adds, “Indian food excites me as I am a big foodie and would surely love to taste some authentic dishes when I’m there.” And while on the topic of India, he does not forget to compliment Indian women. “I think Indian women are very beautiful. They have a sense of elegance and innocence,” he says.
Cast member Pierce Brosnan arrives for the gala screening of The Love Punch at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto. (Reuters Photo)