Adjacent Meridian Point,
Shot largely around Greystones and the surrounding area, the 1988 Irish thriller Taffin saw Pierce Brosnan still chasing that elusive Bond role.
The Navan actor would, of course, go on to take the arched eyebrow approach of Roger Moore to a whole new level, but here, seven years before GoldenEye, Brosnan is far closer to home. And working with a much, much smaller budget.
Think Bond Does Glenroe.
Coming on the back of his hit TV series Remington Steele, Brosnan took his particular brand of C&A acting to the big screen with Taffin, playing the eponymous troubled maverick with a neat sideline in collecting on other people’s bad debts.
When, that is, he isn’t busy wooing The Stables pool hall barmaid Alison Doody in his stylish Wicklow seafront loft.
The resulting film is unintentionally hilarious, and something of a cult in comedy circles. Indeed, this may very well be the film where Joey Tribbiani learnt all of his acting tricks. The main one being, when you get emotional, TALK IN CAPITALS. VERY, VERY LOUDLY.
Look out too for Dermot Morgan (aka Father Ted), compering a rowdy afternoon strip show in Greystones’ long-gone Cabanas nightclub.
All in all, Taffin is The Baddest Irish Film Of All Time. Probably.
And you can decide for yourself at The Whale on Thursday, October 8th at 8pm, with your €10 admission coming with a free box of freshly-popped popcorn.