Bond star Brosnan made honorary OBE
James Bond star Pierce Brosnan is to be made an honorary OBE for
bringing "style and glamour" to Britain's image.
The Irish-born actor said he was "touched" and "privileged"
to be recognised by the Queen.
The star of four 007 movies, he will receive the award from the
British ambassador in Dublin on Saturday
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw praised Brosnan, 50, for boosting
the UK's image around the world as well as his charity work.
Mr Straw said: "In his portrayal of 007 in the last four Bond
films, he has added style and glamour to the image of Britain overseas.
"But he has also worked very hard behind the scenes in supporting
an array of charitable causes."
I am touched by this unexpected honour
The award celebrated a "truly remarkable achievement"
he said, and Brosnan had "captivated audiences at home in Ireland,
here in the UK and across the world".
Brosnan said he was lucky to have been surrounded by "passionate
and courageous individuals" whose tireless efforts inspired
"I hope I will continue to fulfil their expectations for many
years to come."
The actor was born in County Meath but moved to England at an early
age and studied at the Drama Centre of London.
His big break came when he was given the title role in 1980s TV
drama Remington Steele. He went on to star in films including The
Fourth Protocol, The Lawnmower Man and Dante's Peak.
He first appeared as Britain's most stylish spy in GoldenEye in
1995, and has said he will make one more 007 film before handing
on the title.
He is also a Special Patron of Unicef Ireland and Ambassador for
Women's Health Issues for Permanent Charities of the Entertainment
Only UK citizens can receive full honours.
14th July, 2003 (Link)