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Pierce Brosnan recently paid a heart-touching tribute to his friend and James Bond co-star Robbie Coltrane, who passed away last week at the age of 72. Coltrane died on October 14 in Scotland after previously being ill.
Pierce Brosnan pays tribute to Robbie Coltrane
Coltrane, who was best known for his recurring role as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter movies, starred as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in two James Bond movies alongside Brosnan.
Brosnan posted two pictures to his Instagram page — one of Coltrane and one of himself and Coltrane in GoldenEye. In the caption, he wrote: “I’m so sorry to hear the news of my dear friend Robbie Coltrane’s passing. We had so many good laughs throughout our days making the James Bond movies.”
Brosnan continued: “The second photo is from our first days shoot on “Goldeneye” at Leavesden studios. I cannot think of a finer actor and man of humanity and humor to share the world stage with on such a day as that so many years ago. My sincere condolences, prayers love, and respect to the family.”
The official James Bond Twitter account also shared a tribute from controllers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, hailing Coltrane as “an exceptional actor whose talent knew no bounds”, and saying he will be missed “as a dear friend”.
Coltrane first appeared in 1995’s GoldenEye, Brosnan’s debut outing as 007, and later reprised the role in 1999’s The World is Not Enough. In the latter, Valentin used his dying moments to help save Bond from a torture chair, becoming the first recurring ally to die on screen in Bond films.