Date: 15th July 2003

OBE honour for Bond star Brosnan

James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan is to be awarded an honorary OBE in recognition of his contribution to drama and the British film industry.

The 50-year-old Irish star - most famous for his role as British spy 007 - will receive the accolade at a ceremony later this week.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, commenting on the award, said: "From his first steps as an actor at the Drama Centre of London, through numerous starring roles on stage and screen, Pierce Brosnan has captivated audiences at home in Ireland, here in the UK and across the world.

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. This award celebrates a truly remarkable achievement".

Mr Brosnan also serves as Ambassador for Women's Health Issues for Permanent Charities of the Entertainment Industry and in December 2001 he was made a Special Patron of Unicef Ireland.

The award will be presented by the British Ambassador in Dublin, Stewart Eldon, on Saturday.

Source: Press Release