Five Favorite Films

Pierce Brosnan's Five Favorite Films

by | November 23, 2015 | Comments

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Pierce Brosnan has a long history of breaking hearts and taking names. Remington Steele and James Bond are two household names brought to life by Mr. Suave-and-Debonair himself. He’s charmed his way onto screens large and small, not only as those two impressive guys, but also in films like Mrs. DoubtfireThe Thomas Crown Affair and The Matador.  His latest film, No Escape, is out tomorrow on Blu-Ray, DVD, and On Demand. His thoughts on the films that most inspired him, though, are right here:


The Wizard of Oz (1939) 99%

I did it as a musical when I left drama school. Back in ’76, I did it as a Christmas pantomime [laughing] and so the  movie is kind of indelible in my head. I wish I could say I played one of the main roles. I was just a chocolate tree.

RT: That’s inspiring for the rest of us, just so you know.

[laughing] Yeah, I made the props for the cast and I made cups of tea and I put the posters up and I watched the movie endlessly because I’d been trained as a method actor — deep in the method, you know — I was deep into my chocolate tree. I was a chocolate tree, a dancing skeleton, and a jitterbug. I don’t know, the movie just kind of stuck with me. And it was a movie that I skated over when it would come on Sunday afternoons after the Sunday roast in England. But somehow it connected with me and I just think it’s a magnificent film — brilliantly orchestrated and performed by them all. And “If I Were King of the Forest” is one of my favorite songs. Just the magic of it, and it’s a bit terrifying as well — flying monkeys — it’s pretty scary.

RT: That’s true; it’s one of the scarier moments of many films. You don’t realize how scary that movie can be because of how grotesque films have gotten lately. That was truly terrifying, especially for kids.

Yeah, back then, that was a big jolt to the system to see those little f—ers come down and try to grab your dog.

The Godfather (1972) 97%

Huge fan of Marlon Brando. For this man to come out of the shadows playing Don Corleone was just captivating. And it never disappoints; to this day it doesn’t disappoint. That movie is still a spectacle of Americana storytelling with a performance by him which is just inspiring. And he was an inspiring actor, he was certainly somebody who I still go back and watch and… the music, the story, the whole trilogy — It was very much connected to my youth as a young man about to go off to drama school.

RT: So that inspired you to do what you do?

Yes. I mean, Brando was one of many — Montgomery Clift, Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Paul Newman, Warren Beatty, Robert De Niro. When you’re moved emotionally by an actor, you want to be like them, you want to be up there, just that innocent dream that I had as a young man to make movies, to be a part of movies, never in my wildest dreams thinking I was going to come close to it. And it still has that allure. You still — you know, how it goes as an older man, you see young… I saw Brooklyn the other day with Saoirse Ronan and Emory Cohen, this young fellow — the two of them together were just breathtaking, brilliantly real. [laughs] Same with Michael Shannon in 99 Homes, and Andrew Garfield. It’s good, it’s great.

The English Patient (1996) 85%

Ralph [Fiennes] is a spectacular actor. I just love the romance of the film. The soundtrack — when you have great acting and great story and a soundtrack, it just always cuts to the marrow of your senses, so to speak. And you know both those films — well actually, those three films have soundtracks which are very memorable.

There Will Be Blood (2007) 91%

What other great films are there? Ah, for God’s sake, There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men. I saw those films that year, back to back. Just outstanding work by director, writer, producers, actors. Captivating, both men: Javier Bardem and Daniel Day Lewis — just iconic. Every time he steps on the stage, you know, you can’t take your eyes off the guy. And both films sit on the bookshelf as bookends, really, to that special year of film making.

No Country for Old Men (2007) 93%

RT: Is there one that you think ranks a little bit higher?

I can’t really say one ranks higher than the other because they’re on par with each other. I mean the Coen brothers’ unique landscape of film-making — they have such a versatile touch, and such a unique way of telling their stories. I wouldn’t want to rank one above the other because they’re both impressive movies and movie experiences.


Kerr Lordygan for Rotten Tomatoes: What can you talk about that you’re working on next?

Brosnan: I’m about to go off and do a movie with Martin Campbell here and the end of the week in London. And Jackie Chan. It’s a piece called The Foreigner, and it’s a thriller, and it’s — for Jackie — a wonderful part. A man whose life is torn apart by the IRA and a bombing. I play the Northern Irish Minister who’s trying to keep the peace accord together.

RT: So you’re a good guy.

Brosnan: Yeah, I believe I’m a good guy. So that’s where you’ll find me right now, just pulling that together.

No Escape will be available on Blu-Ray, DVD and On Demand Nov. 24th.

  • Rob

    Rob’s 5 favorite movies:

    American Graffiti
    The Warriors
    This Is Spinal Tap
    They Call Me Trinity
    King Kong

    • Economist2011

      ugh… King Kong. You must be easily entertained.

      • VicioousAlienKlown

        King Kong is a classic, if you don’t like it then fine but being an ass about it says you’re probably easily bothered.

      • Vits/Vicente Torres

        You say that without even knowing which version he was talking about.

        • Economist2011

          both versions were pretty bad. It’s like trying to pick the “best” Transformer movie.

          • Spiehler

            “Both” versions? There have been 3.

            The ’76 and ’05 versions lacked. But, to say that the 1933 version was “pretty bad” is to completely misunderstand its place in film history. Ranked the #1 Horror Film of all time by Rotten Tomatoes. #43 on AFI’s Top 100 movies (regardless of genre). #12 on AFI’s “Thrills” list. Groundbreaking SFX. And, in 1991, voted onto the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.

            You might not like it personally, but you’re in the minority.

          • Economist2011

            no one cares, nerd.

          • Spiehler

            Wow. Such enlightened analysis. Thank you. Thank you so much. I feel honored to have been the recipient of your scintillating logic coupled with such a witty bon mot.

            Again, thank you, The Internet is truly a better place for your being in it.

          • Economist2011

            you’re welcome.

          • Jordan Nass

            No one cares, yet you spent the time to comment about how much you disliked it. Hypocrisy, thy name is Economist2011.

      • Bardcraft

        Ugh. King Kong is too mainstream for audiences. I personally prefer Lang’s Metropolis than that loaded piece of crap King Kong even though original brought out amazing special effect for that time period and stop motion is such a hard artform to perform even for the time, a**hole.

        Its okay to don’t like King Kong, but being a snob about it is not helping and diminishing film history(since if you have watched any documentary or taken a film history class, you would have known how much King Kong is important) and also, diminishing someone elses tastes in film is such a rude thing to do.

    • Vits/Vicente Torres

      Which version of KING KONG?

      • Rob

        The Original ( I like the new one too, though.)

        • Vits/Vicente Torres

          What about the one from the 1970s?

          • Rob

            Yes, I like that one too. 🙂

  • VicioousAlienKlown

    Decent list, a lot of actors cite the Godfather on their top 5 movie list, it’s that good. No Country For Old Men is a great choice too. The English Patient is probably the most boring movie I have seen since watching Out of Africa.

  • Vits/Vicente Torres

    THE WIZARD OF OZ: 8/10

  • Definitely see No Escape when you can. Very enjoyable thriller that’s all to real a possibility in today’s world. Brosnan isn’t the main character but he has a significant role, his character is like the Matador or even Tailor of Panama, sleazy and rough around the edges but skilled at what he does. Like the Matador he’s good at heart despite his outward appearance.

  • pocketfrog

    “I play the Northern Irish Minister whose trying to keep the peace accord together.”

    • Spandau Belly


  • DGR

    I totally agree with him about There Will Be Blood and No Country For Old Men. Both are spectacular films on par with one another. 2007 was such an outstanding year for movies.

    As for my own top 5, it is as follows:

    1. Amadeus
    2. The Fugitive
    3. The Truman Show
    4. The Dark Knight
    5. Toy Story

    Honorable Mentions: Zodiac, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Inglourious Basterds (I put those 3 Tarantino films back-to-back-to-back because I can’t choose which I like most), The Red Shoes, The Seven Samurai, Harvey, Groundhog Day, No Country For Old men, There Will Be Blood, The Wizard of Oz.

  • Allaith S. Alsaleh

    My Top Five:

    1-A.I Artificial Intelligence
    2-2001: A Space Odyssey
    3-A Clockwork Orange
    4-Under The Skin
    5-Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back

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