Pierce Brosnan Says 10-Inch Knife He Tried to Take on Airplane Was for Art Supplies

Brosnan, a known art lover, posing with Marc Newson's Lockheed Lounge at Phillips, London Photo: @piercebrosnanofficial via Instagram

Somebody please tell Pierce Brosnan he’s not James Bond anymore. The Irish-American actor got into trouble with Transport Security Administration (TSA) officers at Vermont’s Burlington International Airport at the beginning of August when agents discovered a 10-inch hunting knife in his carry-on luggage during a routine security scan.

According to reports, Brosnan was briefly detained by airport officials and was asked to pack the blade in his checked luggage. According to the Independentthe Hollywood star explained that the weapon was part of his art supplies.

The actor shared this photo of his studio with his Instagram followers. Photo: @piercebrosnanofficial via Instagram

The actor shared this photo of his studio with his Instagram followers.
Photo: @piercebrosnanofficial via Instagram

“I don’t think it was 10 inches of a knife,” Brosnan insisted. “I’m a painter. I’m an artist, so I had my pencils. The knife went into the bag, you want to keep your pencils sharpened.”

Brosnan didn’t comment on why a plain pencil sharpener wasn’t sufficient for getting the job done. Luckily for him, he wasn’t arrested or penalized for this lapse in judgement.

The Hollywood star is well-known for his passion for art. In late April he visited the Phillips auction house’s London showroom and shared a photo of himself posing next to Marc Newson’s Lockheed Lounge sculpture. The artwork later sold for a record $3.7 million, although it’s unclear if Brosnan was the winning bidder.

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