Pierce Brosnan called on "a high-ranking friend" at the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) to help him prepare to play a hitman in new film The Matador, because he doesn't want to go to prison.

The former JAMES BOND star sat down with a revered criminologist to get into the mind of callous killer JULIAN NOBLE.

He says, "I didn't want to go to a prison and hang out with a psychopath. I gave them (criminologist) the script and said, 'Try to distil the essence of who this man might be, his psychopathic tendencies.'

"So I approached it from that side, and then I approached it from a visual side."