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Pierce Brosnan Used To Be A Professional Fire Breather

Conor Paterson

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Pierce Brosnan Used To Be A Professional Fire Breather

As the only Irishman ever to play the role of James Bond, the acting skills of Pierce Brosnan are beyond doubt. As well as having preceded Daniel Craig in the iconic role, Brosnan has starred in major blockbusters such as Mamma Mia, Percy Jackson and The Foreigner.

Unique talents are nothing new in the acting world. Christopher Walken is himself a lion tamer, Margot Robbie has a side hustle of being a tattoo artist while Angelina Jolie is apparently a master knife thrower. (yes seriously!)

Pierce Brosnan is no different and boasts a pretty amazing skill of fire-eating. In several interviews, the Irish actor has described how he came to learn the skill and admitted the trick to it is having “balls.”


He learned the trick back in the late 1960s in a theatre company while hoping to sharpen his acting skills, but admitted, that he gave it up after damaging his mouth performing the act on the children’s TV show The Muppets.

Brosnan explained “The last time I did the fire-eating was on The Muppets. It was just after GOLDENEYE. They called up and they said, 'Do you sing? Do you dance?' I said, 'No, not really. But I do a fire-eating act - well, I used to.' They said, 'Oh great! Wonderful!”


The unique talent does come with its dangers, however. When the trick went wrong on the Muppets, he said: “It was like rocket fuel. I blew it, and it all came back into my mouth and my mouth blew up. I had blisters for the rest of the show.”

So it appears Brosnan’s fire-eating days are over, unfortunately. Still pretty amazing to see clips of the famous actor channeling his inner Bond bravery and fearlessness in a truly bizarre way.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Ireland, TV and Film, News

Conor Paterson
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