An actor who played Bond helped design the artwork on one of California’s specialty plates. (California Department of Motor Vehicles)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – James Bond had a license to kill, but apparently he wanted his own license too plate.

Pierce Brosnan is well known for his portrayal of James Bond in four films between 1995 and 2002, but most fans are less aware that he once designed a license plate for the state of California.

In 2010, Brosnan and his wife Keely were among several people who co-founded the California Spay and Neuter License Plate Fund, with the goal of raising money to sponsor low-cost or free procedures for pets from low-income families. income. A few years later, the fund worked with the California Department of Motor Vehicles to offer motorists the opportunity to purchase a special “Pet Lovers” license plate, with funds earmarked for the cause.

While the majority of the plaque’s color scheme is based on the standard California design, it also features an image of a purple dog and cat wearing sunglasses – which is original artwork by Pierce Brosnan , depicting her adopted dog Shilo and her adopted cat Angel Baby.

Pierce Brosnan, seen here at the premiere of ‘The November Man’ in 2014, designed the license plate for a fund that raises money for low-cost or no-cost neutering and neutering programs for animals in California. (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

The fees collected when ordering the Pet Lover License Plate are still awarded annually to establishments throughout California. The money is first sent to the California Department of Food and Agriculture, then given as a grant to animal control units or non-profit shelters that provide rescue services. sterilization and sterilization.

In 2021, for example, the program awarded $330,000 to eight projects to help end pet overpopulation. This year, up to $488,000 is available in funding.

The pet lover’s license plate can still be requested at California DMV stores and ordered online.