James Bond fever continues to mount as a pair of unwashed trunks worn by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale fetched £44,450 at an auction marking 50 years of the spy films.
But while Craig is at the centre of the hoopla leading up to the release of the next Bond film, Skyfall, his predecessor as 007, Pierce Brosnan, is living a very different life.
The 59-year-old actor is currently co-starring in a Danish film called Love Is All You Need in which he plays a lonely widower looking for love. Hardly the stuff of James Bond!
During his three-film stint as Bond Brosnan was also known as the Omega Man for his endorsement of Omega watches, which was one of several products to which he lent his name. But when he was replaced by Daniel Craig, the Bond-related endorsements died.
"My time with Omega is over and I don't have any endorsements from the days of James Bond," he told me sadly.
But, he added: "For me being Bond was a gift and a joy to do. It's a gift that keeps on giving because once you're Bond, you're always Bond. It's a small group of men who have played the role so it was an honour to do it and to still carry the mantle of the character. The role stays with you--it doesn't leave you and I'm very proud of my time being part of it."
Even though he no longer has an Omega on his wrist, the actor has no trouble telling the time, thanks to a pre-Bond movie.
"One of my first films was called the Fourth Protocol which I did with Michael Caine and I still have the watch that I wore in that film," he said.