Pierce Brosnan pleads guilty, ordered to pay up after trespassing in Yellowstone

"I deeply regret my transgression and offer my heartfelt apologies," the actor said in a statement.

Licensed to kill, but not to hike?

James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan pleaded guilty Thursday to foot travel in a restricted thermal area of Yellowstone National Park and was ordered to pay about $1,500, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Wyoming said in a news release. That figure includes a $500 fine, a $1,000 community service payment to the Yellowstone Forever Geological Fund, a court processing fee of $30, and a $10 special assessment fee.

Brosnan, 70, also issued an apology on Instagram, saying that he considers himself an environmentalist and has "the utmost respect for and love of our natural world."

Karwai Tang/WireImage Pierce Brosnan
Karwai Tang/WireImage Pierce Brosnan

Explaining the incident, he said, "I made an impulsive mistake — one that I do not take lightly — when entering a thermal area covered in snow in Yellowstone National Park to take a photograph. I did not see a 'No Trespassing' sign posted that warned of danger nor did I hike in the immediate area. I deeply regret my transgression and offer my heartfelt apologies to all for trespassing in this sensitive area. Yellowstone and all our National Parks are to be cared for and preserved for all to enjoy."

He added the hashtag #StayOnThePath. A representative for the actor declined to comment further.

The Goldeneye and Mamma Mia star called into his court hearing and reversed a prior plea of not guilty, according to The New York Times. Per a plea deal, a separate charge of violating closures and use limits was dropped.

According to court documents, Brosnan was playing tourist at Yellowstone around Nov. 1 last year, posting photos to his Instagram account of himself posing next to a thermal feature at Mammoth Hot Springs.

There are numerous warnings posted in the park directing tourists to stay on designated trails due to the dangerous nature of the various thermal features, which include hot springs, geysers, and mudpots. The park's website warns visitors, "Stay on boardwalks and trails in thermal areas. Hot springs have injured or killed more people in Yellowstone than any other feature."

Brosnan has recently been shooting a Western titled Unholy Trinity at the Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana.

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