As any actor knows, there are film roles and then there are roles that prove instrumental in shaping not only your career, but also catapulting your life into one of excess stardom and universal fame. For Pierce Brosnan, this came in the form of the 007 Secret Agent, Bond. James Bond. Even despite the numerous actors that have stepped into the role since, Brosnan is for many the Bond they find most preferable.
As The Wall Street Journal reports, it was when Brosnan was on the phone with the producers of Die Another Day that he had his Hollywood moment, realizing the film was a big hit. At that time, he turned to his wife and told her to build her dream house. The result? A 12,500-square-foot, Southeast Asian-style spread that was inspired by the actor’s time shooting 1997’s Tomorrow Never Dies , the filming of which took place in Thailand.
Now, the home is on the market and if you thought Brosnan’s connections to the home would prove expensive, you’re not wrong. The asking price is a cool $100 million USD.
While some celebrity homes sit empty for years thanks to the exhausting demands of production, or simply due to the sheer number of homes one has in their property portfolio to choose from, the same can’t be said for this mansion. Brosnan and his wife raised their two sons at the property and say it has been “much loved” for the last 18 years.
They called it the “Orchid House”, a property that spans an acre of Broad Beach, a location that’s no stranger to famous faces. Other neighbours in the vicinity include the likes of Dustin Hoffman and Danny DeVito. But while the average home in the area only can boast an average of 42 feet of frontage on the ocean, the Brosnan property has a staggering 120 feet.
Public records reveal Brosnan purchased the land back in 2000 for $5.1 million USD, along with the lot next door for $2.25 million USD. It was only when the couple hired architects Ralph and Ross Anderson that the design really came to life, inspired by the couple’s trip to Thailand where “we fell in love with the architecture.”
It took roughly a decade for them to create their “dream home” – the Orchid House – which has wide-plank teak floors and a green clay-tile roof inspired by the temples visited in Thailand. The home features a main house, guesthouse, and has five bedrooms and seven fireplaces. The master suite is a jaw-dropping 4,000-square-feet, complete with his-and-hers fireplaces, an art studio and a deck overlooking the ocean and sweeping views of Malibu.
The lower level of the home features a screening room fitted out with surround sound, along with a bar and tiered seating to fit a capacity of 20 people. According to Brosnan’s wife, Keely Shaye Brosnan, “We screen first-run movies every weekend when we’re home. It’s dinner and a movie.”
There’s also another bar with a caramel-coloured onyx countertop and climate-controlled storage for 200 bottles of wine. And of course, the elaborate features don’t end there. It wouldn’t be a home fit for the star of James Bond without a gym, music room, travertine-walled spa with two soaking tubs, and a garden that includes a saltwater outdoor pool with a waterfall and glass-enclosed areas for outdoor dining.
But with his sons now grown and Brosnan and Keely now living in Hawaii, the home now finds itself on the market. The asking price might be rather exorbitant, but as Wall Street Journal reports, “Malibu is one of only a few places in the country to have seen multiple nine-figure home sales.”
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