Former 007 star Pierce Brosnan returns to the world of guns and spies in The November Man, an action thriller that pits his character against his former CIA bosses, with explosive effect.
The Irish actor, who has never hidden his desire to have played James Bond for a little longer, said he is still up to the action game despite his 61 years — although he had to work hard to get in shape.
“I like my beer, I like my wine,” said the man who took on the role of Britain’s most famous fictional spy in four Bond movies. “I have to keep up. Tennis, work out, work out, play tennis… I have had so many trainers.”
His latest movie – out Wednesday in the United States – includes all the classic action flick elements – car chases, traitors and beautiful women waiting to be saved (ex-Bond girl Olga Kurylenko).
The November Man, which was co-produced by Brosnan and based on a series of novels by Bill Granger, tells the adventures of Peter Devereaux, a former CIA hitman brought out of retirement for one last mission.
Brosnan admits that playing a hard-living spy again after 12 years was tough. “There is a certain mileage on the bones, the heart and the soul,” he told a small group of reporters.
“You have to work just as hard (in terms of training), but you don’t have to try so hard” in terms of credibility, given his 007 fame, he added.