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Last Updated: Monday, 14 July, 2003, 16:23 GMT 17:23 UK
Bond star Brosnan made honorary OBE
Pierce Brosnan with Denise Richards in James Bond
Brosnan has said he will star in one more Bond movie
James Bond star Pierce Brosnan is to be made an honorary OBE for bringing "style and glamour" to Britain's image.

The Irish-born actor said he was "touched" and "privileged" to be recognised by the Queen.

The star of four 007 movies, he will receive the award from the British ambassador in Dublin on Saturday.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw praised Brosnan, 50, for boosting the UK's image around the world as well as his charity work.

Mr Straw said: "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."

I am touched by this unexpected honour
Pierce Brosnan
The award celebrated a "truly remarkable achievement" he said, and Brosnan had "captivated audiences at home in Ireland, here in the UK and across the world".

Brosnan said he was lucky to have been surrounded by "passionate and courageous individuals" whose tireless efforts inspired him.

"I hope I will continue to fulfil their expectations for many years to come."

The actor was born in County Meath but moved to England at an early age and studied at the Drama Centre of London.

Spy retirement

His big break came when he was given the title role in 1980s TV drama Remington Steele. He went on to star in films including The Fourth Protocol, The Lawnmower Man and Dante's Peak.

He first appeared as Britain's most stylish spy in GoldenEye in 1995, and has said he will make one more 007 film before handing on the title.

He is also a Special Patron of Unicef Ireland and Ambassador for Women's Health Issues for Permanent Charities of the Entertainment Industry.

Only UK citizens, or citizens of any country where Queen Elizabeth II is head of state, can receive full honours.

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