Pierce Brosnan told Ryan Tubridy on Friday night's Late Late Show that he is keen on buying a home in Ireland and should have done so years ago.
The Meath man joined the Late Late from his home in Hawaii on Friday night, telling the host that: "Ireland always holds a dear place in my heart." Brosnan married his wife Keely Shaye Smith at Ballintubber Abbey in Co Mayo in 2001.
"There's a part of me that wishes I had bought a little place there, but there's still time for that," the 007 star continued. "I mean, [Hawaiian island] Kaua'i is a bit like Ireland but with the heat turned up!
"But Ireland is very close to my heart. I grew up there in Navan, Co Meath as a young lad. My granddaddy built a lovely little house there on the banks of the River Boyne. I went to school at the Christian Brothers. I left Ireland as a boy of 11. August 12, 1964 - it was the same day actually that [James Bond] author Ian Fleming passed away. I only realised that many years later."
"I'm an Irishman, I'm an Irishman abroad," he stressed. "My work as an actor has always been coloured by that sentimentality and that passion and that melancholia that we carry with us. That kind of fierce love of life and passion for people and communication. The bond is this lovely gift that keeps giving.
"From the James Bond days, I formed my little company to make films and I called the company Irish DreamTime. So Irish DreamTime with my late [production] partner Beau Marie St Clair and I, we made about 10 movies.
"One of the jewels in the crown of that was a movie called Evelyn... [The] Thomas Crown Affair, The Matador -we made quite a few films. The last film we ever did was a little thriller called I.T. and we made that in Dublin. I'm hoping to go back, God willing, [at] the end of the year to make another film called Youth. So Ireland pulls me back."
"It sure does," said the host. "Actually, on the radio show I present, I was asking listeners to reminisce about the movies they love that you were in and [true child custody story] Evelyn came in for special mention because it was an important film for a lot of people who saw that. As well as [cult Irish action movie] Taffin - for different reasons!
"But the association is strong and nostalgic, but also, you're still coming back to make films here. I suspect you probably should buy a house somewhere out the West at some point."
"When I was over there doing the little movie I.T. we were down in Dalkey, which I love very much," Brosnan replied.
"I was saying, 'I should've bought a place'. My wife was saying, 'Well, you should've! I told you all those years ago when you were doing the Bond to go buy a place!'"
"I think there's still time to find some small cottage," Brosnan concluded.
"I mean, the house that we have here is a cottage. It's a three-bedroom cottage, so you don't need much. All you need is a good bed, a good table to sit at, a lovely view and a bottle of wine!"