Irish actor Pierce Brosnan is planning to shun a big party for his upcoming 60th birthday so he can spend the day with his family instead.

The James Bond star hits the milestone on 16 May (13), and he has decided to mark the occasion quietly with his partner Keely Shaye Smith and his kids.

He says, "I'll celebrate with my darling girl and the kids - you give thanks and then on you go."

Brosnan also admits the big birthday seems to have come around very quickly, adding, "Growing older just creeps up on you. You're on a movie set and you look around and you suddenly think 'I'm the oldest one here!'"