Actors who almost played James Bond

Adventures of the most famous secret service agent, the amazing 007, have been entertaining us for decades. James Bond movies have millions of fans all over the world and everyone has their favorite actor who portrayed Ian Fleming’s fictional character. Choosing the right actor for the role is not an easy job. Here are those who were considered but didn’t get the part.

Michael Caine

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When Sean Connery chose to leave the Bond franchise after 1967′s Diamonds Are Forever, Michael was considered for the role, especially as he’d recently proven himself a great screen spy as Harry Palmer in The Ipcress File, and a great ladies’ man in Alfie. However, Michael was worried about being typecast, and turned the offer down.

Liam Neeson

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Neeson seems like an obvious choice to play the British spy and he was approached and “heavily courted” by producers, but wasn’t interested in starring in the action film because his future wife at the time, Natasha Richardson, wanted to get married. “I was heavily courted, let’s put it that way,” he told Yahoo Movies, “I think other actors were heavily courted as well, but it didn’t work out and that was absolutely fine.”

Clint Eastwood

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Clint Eastwood revealed in an interview that he was approached to play the super spy in the movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service when Sean Connery was planning to retire. Eastwood turned it down saying, “It didn’t feel right for me to be doing it.”

Mel Gibson

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Mel Gibson would have made it to the elite list if only he had been a little taller. Scriptwriter Tom Mankiewicz said “At one point Mel Gibson wanted to play Bond. And Cubby (Producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli) was against it. Cubby first of all had a thing about tall people. Bond had to be tall. And so Mel Gibson was too short. Somebody at (film studio) United Artists said to me, ‘Call him and tell him Mel Gibson would be great.’ And Cubby said, ‘I don’t want to make a Mel Gibson movie, I want to make a James Bond movie.’”

Ralph Fiennes

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Fiennes was actually considered for the role twice, once in 1994 and again in 2004. The first time producers felt he wasn’t a big enough star yet, and in the second, it was his own filming commitments that kept him for playing Bond. He told The Telegraph that he would have made a “terrible” James Bond, explaining, “I don’t think I felt ready to commit and I think they were looking at Pierce. I think I would’ve been a terrible Bond, actually. I think I’m happier playing M.”

Christian Bale

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Many people believe Christian Bale would make an amazing James Bond. There is no doubt that he would excel with his ability to play everything from anorexic dark characters to incredibly buff action stars. Unfortunately, the former Batman is said to have turned down the part as he felt Bond was a “despicable stereotype about England and British actors” in general.

Henry Cavill

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The man who portrayed the iconic superhero Superman in Man of Steel, was locked in a close contest with Daniel Craig to take over the mantle from Pierce Brosnan. He lost Casino Royale to Craig as the producers wanted an older Bond.

Hugh Jackman

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Hugh turned down the opportunity to play the iconic role in the 2006 film Casino Royale. The Aussie actor told Us Weekly, “I got a call from my agent saying, ‘There is some possible interest in you for Bond. Are you interested?’ At the time, I wasn’t. I was about to shoot X-Men 2 and Wolverine had become this thing in my life. I didn’t want to be doing two such iconic characters at once.”

 

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