Ever fancied living like James Bond? Well, now you can… providing you have $100 million lying around the house. Irish actor and former Mr. Bond, Pierce Brosnan, has listed his Thai-inspired retreat in Malibu on the market and boy, is it a beauty. If ever there was a house fit for the most famous spy in the world, this is it. The custom built, 12,500-square-foot home spawls over 1.18 acres of land on an exclusive stretch of Broad Beach, Malibu. 117 feet of direct oceanfront are included in the price, as are five bedrooms and a slightly obscene 14 bathrooms. As gossipcop.com puts it, the house effectively doubles up as a luxury resort, boasting a spa complete with two saunas (1 infrared, 1 ‘normal’), a steam room, a Japanese soaking tub, a cold plunge and shower, a gym (mirrored, naturally), along with a soundproofed projection movie theater (tiered seating comes as standard), and the kind of decor that’ll leave you feeling more than a little bitter about your own style choices. If you’ve ever wanted to check out Pierce Brosnan’s $100 million Malibu beach house, now’s the time to do it.
Building the Dream
Rewind to 2002, and Pierce Brosnan was chatting with producers about his latest outing as James Bond in Die Another Day. The movie had stormed the box office, becoming the highest-grossing James Bond film ever made at that point. And it was then that Brosnan had what he described to the Wall Street Journal (https://www.wsj.com/articles/pierce-brosnan-malibu-mansion-100-million-11601308238) as his ‘Hollywood moment’. The film was a success, he was its star, and that meant only one thing – a big bonus was on its way. Turning to his wife Keely in the kitchen of their slightly tired Malibu ranch, he said “Go build your dream house”. Which is exactly what she did. It would take 10 years of someone else’s hard work (we’d imagine anyway, unless Brosnan literally intended his wife to build a house herself) for the Brosnan’s to complete their Malibu getaway. But when they finally finished, it proved to be worth the effort. Currently listed for a staggering $100,000 million (which by all accounts makes it the eighth most expensive home on the market in L.A. County), it’ll mark quite the return for the Brosnan’s if they get anywhere close to that mark – as the LA Times reports, when they acquired the property themselves in the early noughties, they paid a relatively minor $5.1 million. A little while later, they increased the spend (and the property size) when they bought an adjacent lot for $2.25 million. Whichever way you look at it, that’s one heck of a return on an investment.
The Brosnan’s malibu retreat (which goes by the name Orchid House), is a stunning example of what can be achieved when you mix good taste with pots of cash. According to The Observer, the Southeast Asian-style of the property was inspired by Brosnan’s time in Thailand shooting Tomorrow Never Dies. Either way, it’s a gorgeous place. Consisting of a main house and a guest house, the sprawling property towers behind a pair of carved teak entry gates on the oceanfront. The grounds are landscaped and manicured to perfection (expect plenty of lush tropical flowers, perky palm trees, and a scattering of travertine courtyards), while the floor-to-ceiling windows of the interior offer stunning views over the mountains and ocean.
Step Inside a Multi-Million Dollar Home
The teak theme of the entry gates is continued inside, with teak cabinetry, wide plank teak floorboards and polished teak furniture. Floor to ceiling sliding doors open onto a private expanse of picture-perfect Malibu beachfront. The main house boasts a huge room that boats dramatic views, a supremely comfortable lounging area, a dining area with its own fireplace, and a cavernous kitchen decked out with teak cabinets and more appliances than a well-stocked home store. On the upper level of the house, you’ll find the owner’s suite, a sumptuous set of rooms outfitted in teak cabinetry and boasting a sitting area with two fireplaces, double bathrooms hung with chandeliers, and window walls opening onto custom fitted closets. Star of the show is the wall of glass that opens onto a private deck. There’s also a private entryway that leads into a separate guest suite.
The floor below the owner’s suite is dedicated to two bedroom suites with walk in closets and very sumptuous private bathrooms. Sneak to the bottom floor and you’ll find one wing devoted to a soundproofed move theater and a second that boasts quite possibly the most luxurious private spa in Malibu, complete with a dry and infrared sauna, steam room, Japanese soaking tub, cold plunge pool and a shower. If that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, there’s also a very well-equipped mirrored gym and equally impressive recording studio. The exterior is just as jaw-dropping as the interior. Along with a huge gas fire pit and glass enclosed lounging area, there’s a not insignificantly sized saltwater pool. Intimate courtyards and wraparound lanais complete the pretty picture.
Before Daniel Craig started ordering his martinis shaken not stirred, Pierce Brosnan was the man serving on his majesty’s secret service. His made his debut as James Bond in 1995 in Goldeneye, serving in three more movies (Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day) before Daniel Craig took the reins in 2006. His other credits include “The Son”, “Mamma Mia” (which won him both a National Movie Award for Best Performance and a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor), “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”, “Dante’s Peak,” “The November Man,” and “Nancy Astor,” both of which earned him nominations at the Golden Globe Awards. He can next be seen him in the upcoming musical, “Cinderella”, due for release next year. Brosnan and his family have used their Malibu retreat as their main residence for over a decade. Speaking to the Wall Street Journal about the sale, Brosnan says, “I love Malibu. It has my heart,” but adds, “It’s time to move on… It’s time to change.” Although he snapped up a $2.95 million property in Santa Monica last year, it’s believed he and his wife will leave that to their kids while they themselves head to Keely’s native Hawaii.