The Sexiest Man Alive 2001: Pierce Brosnan

Check out the leading man looks that made Pierce Brosnan (above with Thomas Crown Affair co-star Rene Russo) PEOPLE'S Sexiest Man Alive 2001.

STAYING STEELE

In 1986, Brosnan was offered the coveted role of James Bond, but missed out because of his contractual obligation to Remington Steele. After the show was canceled in 1987, Brosnan dabbled in made-for-cable thrillers such as 1993's Alistair MacLean's Death Train.