Pierce Brosnan has revealed that he is not as cool as James Bond.

The 61-year-old actor, who portrayed the suave agent in four 007 films, joked about being a wimp in comparison to his action screen alter-ego.

"I just wish I was as cool as they are," he told Du Jour magazine. "If I got into a fight in a bar, I'd miss the dude by miles. I wouldn't know how to connect. It would be a comedy."

Pierce, who made his Bond debut in 1995's Goldeneye, said the role has been a "gift" because it " keeps giving in many respects."

The Irish-born star will return to the spy world by playing a retired CIA agent who is given the mission to carry out one final job in The November Man.

He said: "I resist any negative feelings or tension as it's such an iconic role. I think there's space for people who enjoyed my work as Bond to enjoy this film and see the guy I once was play the guy I am now."

"I thought it had complexity and it was a good fit for me as a character to play, having been away from the spy game for some time," Pierce added.

"All the ingredients were well balanced - the writing, the characterisation and the story."