Actor Pierce Brosnan was rushed to Mount Vernon Hospital on Friday after an accident on the set of the new James Bond movie in Frogmore, near St Albans.

Mr Brosnan was filming a fight scene when he was hit in the mouth by a guard’s helmet.

Plastic surgeon Paul Cussons treated the gash with eight stitches.

Mount Vernon spokesman Mark Purcell said: “The nurses have told me Mr Brosnan was extremely charming. Obviously it was quite exciting for them to be treating James Bond – any break from the routine is good news in a hospital.

“He was very patient while being treated. He left after three and a half hours – shaken but not stirred.”

Filming of Tomorrow Never Dies, the 18th Bond movie, should end next month.

[From the Watford Observer of July 25, 1997]