Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan fined for walking in a thermal area in Yellowstone National Park

    Former 007 actor Pierce Brosnan was fined today, March 14, for foot travel in a thermal area, specifically a Yellowstone National Park thermal feature at Mammoth Hot Springs, according to release issued by the Department of Justice.

    The 70-year-old actor was ordered to pay a fine of $500, and required to pay a $1,000 community service payment to the Yellowstone Forever Geological Fund, as well as a $30 court processing fee and a $10 special assessment.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephanie A. Hambrick imposed the sentence today in Mammoth, Wyoming. 


    Brosnan reportedly pled “guilty” to the charge.

    According to the DOJ release, on or about Nov. 1, 2023, “Brosnan uploaded pictures to his Instagram page of himself standing on a Yellowstone National Park thermal feature at Mammoth Hot Springs.”

    The release goes on to state that there are “signs posted in the area that warn visitors of the dangers of thermal features and state that visitors must remain on the designated boardwalks and trails.”

    The United States Attorney’s Office asked the court to sentence Brosnan to “2 years’ probation and the maximum fine of $5,000.”


    This case was investigated by the National Park Service, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ariel Calmes.

    The release also shared the following from the National Park Services:

    The National Park Service (NPS) reminds Yellowstone visitors that the ground in thermal areas is fragile and thin, and scalding water is just below the surface. Therefore, trespassing on thermal features is dangerous and can harm delicate natural resources within the park. Additionally, the park was established primarily to protect these hydrothermal areas. NPS encourages visitors to exercise extreme caution around thermal features by staying on boardwalks and trails.  


    NPS also urges people to protect themselves and the fragile environment by taking the Yellowstone Pledge: act responsibly and safely and set a good example for others. If you see someone, in person or online, whose behavior might hurt them, others, or the park, tell a ranger. If you’re in the park, dial 911. Learn about safety in Yellowstone. 

    For additional information related to Yellowstone National Park, please contact the Public Affairs Office at 307-344-2015 or [email protected]


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