Irish actor Pierce Brosnan reportedly became a life-saver when he rescued co-star Uma Thurman from a speeding mini van during the shooting of their upcoming flick 'Percy Jackson'.

The former Bond star, who was on location for the film, spotted the out-of-control vehicle racing down a hill straight towards Thurman, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

"No one was aboard the runaway as the van barrelled towards a grassy area where Uma was relaxing with cast and crew. Pierce yelled, 'Get out of the way!'," a source said.

"He raced after the van, wrenched open the driver's side door, jumped in and slammed on the brakes," a source said.

The van hit the pavement and crashed into rubbish bins, sending cast and crew running in all directions to avoid the collision.

"Everyone scattered out of harm's way. Pierce got kudos and hero 007 jokes from Uma. The transportation crew were in trouble for not setting the van's emergency brake," the source added.