Former 007 star Pierce Brosnan trades his sleek suits for rugged cowboy boots in the western drama, The Son. Brosnan plays the brutal Eli McCullough, the head of a cattle business in Texas, looking to expand into the oil industry. At the core of the 10-episode series is the relationship between Eli and his son Pete, who opposes Eli’s savage business tactics.

“He’s a man who’s lost three families by the time we meet him. He likes people, but he’s born of violence and war and goes on to create an empire,” the 63-year-old actor describes his character’s motivations.

Brosnan also shares with Esquire about tapping into the psyche of a father for the show: “My fatherly instincts are purely my own. They relate back to no one, because there was no one.”

He later reveals that his father left him when he was a baby. Brosnan recalls meeting him once years later as an adult. “I had a Sunday afternoon with him. A story about this and that, had a few pints of Guinness, and we said goodbye.” He adds: “I would have loved to have known him. He was a good whistler and he had a good walk … That’s as much as I know about him.”

The Son airs every Wednesday at 11pm on FX HD (Astro Ch 726).